State of mind: The criminal justice process and mental health in Massachusetts
WGBH - 11/13/2015
Two notorious murder cases making headlines in Massachusetts may hinge on the mental health of the accused. In Salem, jury selection is underway in the case against teenager Phillip Chism for a range of crimes related to the gruesome killing of a high school teacher. Meanwhile, charges are pending in Dorchester against Michael McCarthy for the murder of two year-old Bella Bond, whose corpse washed ashore on Deer Island last summer and went unidentified for months. She was the daughter of McCarthy’s girlfriend Rachelle Bond, who is facing charges as an accessory to the crime. Information percolating through the media suggests the mental health of all three defendants may come into play as their trials unfold.