Bella Bond|Nate Homan via Suffolk County District Attorney1/3 Bella Bond|Nate Homan via Suffolk County District Attorney
Rachelle Bond|Suffolk County District Attorney2/3 Rachelle Bond|Suffolk County District Attorney
Bella Bond's composite sketch|National Center for Missing and Exploited Children3/3 Bella Bond's composite sketch|National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Michael McCarthy, the man accused of beating 2-year-old Bella Bond to death, was held without bail in Suffolk Superior Court Monday on first-degree murder charges.
McCarthy maintained through his lawyer that he knew nothing about Bella’s death and disappearance, claiming that he was under the impression that DCF had taken Bella from her mother, Rachelle Bond.
“He had nothing to do with her death,” defense attorney Jonathan Shapiro said. “There's no forensic evidence, there's no DNA, there's no hair, there's no nothing."
Rachelle Bond and Michael McCarthy both have pleaded not guilty in the death of Bella Bond and the disposal of her body, claiming that the other is responsible.
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Shapiro argued that McCarthy should have a "reasonable bail" of less than $100,000 because of the "evident weakness" of the Commonwealth's case.
Assistant District Attorney David Deakin asked that McCarthy be held without bail.
"I am denying bail for Mr. McCarthy," Curley said, setting Feb. 16 as McCarthy's next appearance.
Rachelle Bond was held on $1 million in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, Jan. 6.