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Prosecutors poorly handled assault allegations against Jared Remy just before he allegedly killed his girlfriend, according to an independent review released Wednesday.
Remy was arrested Aug. 13 after he allegedly pushed Jennifer Martell into a mirror. He was released on his own recognizance Aug. 14 and allegedly stabbed Martel to death at their apartment the next day. He has pleaded not guilty.
The review found that Middlesex County prosecutors did not adequately consider Remy's history of domestic violence and the details of the alleged Aug. 13 assault. It says they placed too much weight on Martel's decision not to seek an extension of a restraining order against him. The couple had a daughter, then 4 years old.
"We believe this deficiency contributed to the decision on August 14, 2013 to request that Remy be released with only bail warning and a no abuse order," an executive summary of the report said.
"Specifically we found that Remy's domestic violence criminal history, the facts in the August 13, 2013 police report, and the fact that there was a young child in the home were not given sufficient weight, while the victim's decision not to come to court to extend the emergency restraining order or to request conditions of release was given excessive consideration in the evaluation," the report said.
The review found that Ryan's office has a "solid performance" in allocating resources to the prevention and prosecution of domestic violence and considers the safety of domestic violence victims "to be of utmost priority."
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan had requested the review. It was conducted by former Essex County District Attorney, Secretary of Public Safety Kevin Burke and Norfolk County First Assistant District Attorney Jeanmarie Carroll.
Remy is the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy.
This article was originally published on December 18, 2013.
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