Remy Pleads Not Guilty After Girlfriend's Murder
Son of Boston Red Sox Announcer Asks That Media Leave His Family Some Privacy
Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 23:10
Jared Remy, the son of Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy, pleaded not guilty to the charge of murdering his girlfriend in court this past Tuesday. Remy was accused of stabbing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, to death in August. The alleged murder took place just a day after he was released on no bail for domestically assaulting his girlfriend, and was witnessed by Remy’s five-year-old daughter.
Many witnesses claim they watched Remy repeatedly stab Martel on the patio of their home. Investigators have recorded that a neighbor tried to intervene in the attack and police found his clothes were soaked in blood. In court, prosecutors described the attack as brutal and determined, “Remy assaulted Martel in the kitchen, living room, on a stairway and then pinned her to the ground on the patio where he stabbed her several times. Neighbors who tried to help Martel were driven back when Remy slashed at them.”
According to Martel’s mother, Patty Martel, Jennifer Martel was planning to leave that evening when she knew Remy was released after the charge of domestic assault.
“She was planning her escape,” Patty Martel said on Tuesday. “She went back into the house to get her stuff when he killed her. And that’s why he killed her. Because she had called the cops on him.”
Remy pleaded not guilty to the charge.
“How dumb would I have to be? I loved her. I still love her,” he said to The Boston Herald in his first interview since the attack. Later in the interview, Remy acted like he would be leaving prison soon when he said, “I know my life is going to suck when I get out of here.” He also mentioned that upon his release, he would refuse to see his mother and father.
Remy has a violent criminal history, including a total of 15 criminal charges since 1998, according to Waltham court records. He has been accused of assaulting five people—including four women—and was involved in at least three restraining orders, including one in which he was the plaintiff.
Jerry Remy, the suspect’s father, is not returning to the Red Sox broadcast next season. Remy’s father was not in court but most of Jennifer Martel’s family was there. Noting the difficulty of Jared Remy’s court appearance, Remy’s lawyer said that his client “is an emotional mess.”
The debate for custody of Remy’s five-year-old daughter Arianna is still ongoing. Both Remy’s parents and Martel’s parents have petitioned for custody. “If she chooses to know me at some point and wants to see me, that’s fine,” Remy said in a statement. “If she doesn’t, that’s fine, too. I just want her to be happy. I love her. I want her to go to high school, I want her to go to college, I want her to have everything in life she deserves.”
Despite his refusal to see them, Remy also expressed regret over the pain this is causing his parents. “They’re very good people,” he said. “I wish the media would leave them alone. None of this is their fault. They don’t need to be dragged down in this, too.”