Upcoming Court Dates For Major Tewksbury Criminal Cases

There are several ongoing criminal cases with strong ties to Tewksbury. We have put together a listing of upcoming court dates for each.

There are several high-profile criminal cases presently in the court system with strong ties to Tewksbury or Tewksbury residents. Here is an update on the status of these cases and the next court dates for each of the individuals involved.

The Murder of Johnny McCabe

McCabe was a 15-year-old Tewksbury High student back in 1969 when he was allegedly grabbed off Main Street by three other TMHS students, beaten, driven to a vacant lot in Lowell and bound in such a way that he died of asphyxiation.

After being a cold case for more than 40 years,

Walter Shelley -- The Tewksbury resident, 61, will be the first of two defendants to stand trial for 1st degree murder for McCabe's death. The trial begins in Lowell Superior Court on Nov. 6.

Michael Ferreira -- The Salem, NH resident, 59, is scheduled to go on trial on charges of first degree murder and lying to a Grand Jury in December in Lowell Superior Court.

Edward Brown -- The Londonderry, NH man, 60, is charged with manslaughter in connection with McCabe's death. He is expected to be the star witness against both Shelley and Ferreira. No date has yet been set for his trial. It is expected that after he testifies against the other two defendants, Brown will plead guilty as part of a deal with prosecutors in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Alleged Cyber Sex Predator

Thomas Hutchinson -- Hutchinson, now 20, is accused of Prosecuters allege that Hutchinson then blackmailed some of these girls using the photos and videos as leverage, into meeting him and engaging in sexual acts.

(3 counts), indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 (2 counts), indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, posing a child in a state of sexual conduct (9 counts), posing a child in a state of nudity (9 counts), possession of child pornography (15 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in sexual conduct (3 counts), dissemination of visual matter of a child in a state of nudity, and dissemination of matter harmful to a minor (2 counts).

Hutchinson will appear in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on Thursday, Oct. 4 for an evidenciary discovery hearing.

Tewksbury Parks and Recreation Scandal

The Parks and Recreation Department was closed in December 2010, in the wake of an investigation by Tewksbury Police and the Middlesex County District Attorney regarding embezzlement and fiscal mismanagement in the department. Former Director Roy Patterson and former Business Manager Lauren Bibo Morris were arrainged on charges relating to the scandal earlier this year.

Roy Patterson -- Patterson has been charged with one count of larceny under $250 and one count of violating Conflict of Interest laws. He is scheduled to be back in Lowell District Court on Nov. 13 for Pre-trial Conferencing.

Lauren Bibo-Morris -- Bibo Morris is charged with two counts of larceny over $250. to feed a prescription drug habit. She is scheduled to be back in Lowell District Court on Nov. 6 for Pre-Trial Conferencing.

theknownledgeable1 October 02, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Kathleen & Denise, please do not worry about this young man. Watch the local papers after his court date. You will see, as all the law enforcement people involved in this case already know, that the prosecutors case was weak from the start and will soon be over. As I have stated from the very start of this case, what the public is being told is not what happened. I can't say more than that, but good ole Jerry leone will anounce that " he beat the case on a technicality" when the Judge dismisses the case. However, this was a "bag job" right from the start, and the DA's office knew it from the start, but stayed quite. Remember, Jerry Leone wants to run for Govoner, and is using this and 3 other high profile cases to make a name for himself. This case will have the opposite effect, unless he can pursuade the public that this young man got away with it. He did not. You will see, very soon, what really went on here, which by itself, is tragic.
denise October 02, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Please dont 'reassure" me a bout someone like him living in my neighborhood...And yes...it is 'tragic"...but something had to go on, and i would rather be safe than sorry when predators are concerced... disgusting. (please dont correct my spellling, i know it is not good)
theknownledgeable1 October 03, 2012 at 12:52 AM
I didn't mean to "reassure"you. You sound angry and I don't want to stir that up. Quite simply, it sounds as if you have already decided on this gentlemans guilt, and I don't set out to change your mind, we all have our own thoughts. However, the people directly involved with this particular matter have all expressed reservations as to whether or not this girl is being pushed or used to persecute the young man. He is hardly a preditor, I can't go into to much more detail, but this all revolves around these stupid kids using these electronic phones for sexting and all that crap. Remember, and I'm not reporting anything that wasn't reported in the press, this girl sent out naked, vulgar, degrading photo's, some professionally taken, to this young man, as well as at least 5-6 others. Under the law, this is kidy porn, even though on her web-site she advertised herself as 17 1/2 years old. Unfortunatly for this young man, and any that communicated with her, received these photos and therefor received kidy porn. Our govenor is seeking to reduce the age that minors can do this, which I strongly disagree with, but the law is the law. This is what this young man and any other person, male or female is up against when these underage idiots send naked pictures of themselves as a calling card. This is the big disgrace. You are right, something went on here, just wait and see.....SOON!!!!
linda February 09, 2013 at 03:36 PM
Kathleen, You should realize at your age that these newspapers don't get the facts right. Unless you have first hand knowledge of this case, you should keep your comments to yourself. These alleged girls made contact ON LINE with this young man. Parents also need to monitor the dirty little pictures their daughters are sending out to multiple young men. Several young men in town are in this situation. If the pictures stopped being sent, then noone would be in trouble. these girls also lie about their age to attract these boys. It takes 2 to tango.
KARMA June 19, 2013 at 04:59 AM
to: theknownledgeable1..... i bet your choking on your words now!!! he is an animal.... and justice has prevailed. he will spend at least the next 10 years in prison, where he will hopefully be getting beaten and raped! KARMA


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