Three years after he allegedly hacked apart his father and dumped his head in a backyard miles away, a Mattapan man is preparing to represent himself against gruesome murder charges.

Jury selection has begun in the trial of Brian Lee, 44, who has made the unusual choice to defend himself in a Suffolk Superior Court.

Prosecutors have alleged that Lee had a rocky relationship with his father, 70-year-old Edward Lee, who had taken out multiple restraining orders against his son.


On Oct. 28, 2006, Brian Lee allegedly ended that relationship by beating his father to death inside the victim’s Hollingsworth Street home. Brian Lee then decapitated and dismembered his father and then put some of the body parts — including the head — in a trash bag found later in a Roxbury backyard, prosecutors said.

Authorities said that Edward Lee’s torso was discovered in his home.

At the time of his arrest Brian Lee said he found his father’s lifeless body in the home, but instead of calling police cut up the victim to disperse the parts.

Brian Lee has already fired three defense attorneys. Denise Regan, his most recent attorney, will serve as standby counsel for the defendant.

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