WEYMOUTH – The long-awaited trial for the man charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of police Sgt. Michael Chesna and town resident Vera Adams has been delayed again because of a backlog of court cases.
Emanuel Lopes was indicted by a Norfolk County grand jury in September 2018 in connection with the deaths of Chesna and Adams on July 15, 2018. He has been held without bail since then as he awaits trial.
His jury trial has been rescheduled several times, and was most recently scheduled to begin Jan. 30, 2023. It is now scheduled for May 30. The final pretrial hearings are scheduled for Feb. 6 and 13.
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David Traub, a spokesperson for Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey, said the rescheduled date is due to "court congestion," and was not changed at the request of prosecutors or the defense. He said there is still a backlog because of court closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Authorities say Lopes, who was 20 years old at the time, was fleeing a minor car accident when he threw a rock at Chesna's head, then shot him with the officer's gun.
Chesna was a 42-year-old married father of two young children and a U.S. Army veteran.
Another officer then arrived at the scene and returned fire through his windshield, hitting Lopes in his right knee. Lopes returned fire, then ran through a neighbor’s backyard. He then shot Adams, who was on the sun porch of her Torrey Street home, police said. She was 77.
Police said Lopes was still holding Chesna’s gun when he was stopped and arrested on Torrey Street. There was no ammunition left in the gun, prosecutors have said, and Lopes got on the ground as ordered by police.
Lopes is facing 11 charges, including two counts of murder and armed assault with intent to murder involving a firearm.
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