June 19, 2024

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Emanuel Lopes allegedly killed Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and resident Vera Adams in 2018.

Emanuel Lopes in Norfolk Superior Courtroom in July 2023. David L. Ryan/Boston Globe

After a decide declared a mistrial final summer season, jury choice is about to start for the second trial of a person accused of killing Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna and resident Vera Adams in 2018. 

Jury choice started Monday, The Enterprise reported. Emanuel Lopes, 26, will likely be tried in Norfolk Superior Courtroom in Dedham and a jury will likely be chosen at Bristol Superior Courtroom in Taunton. 

Lopes allegedly killed Chesna and Adams on the morning of July 15, 2018. The incident started when Lopes, who was 20 on the time, left his girlfriend’s home in her automotive. This prompted her to name police, and officers discovered the automobile rushing again in the direction of the home. 

The automotive later crashed, and Lopes fled the scene on foot, authorities have mentioned. A resident of Burton Terrace in Weymouth then known as police to report {that a} rock had been thrown by means of their kitchen window. 

Officers positioned Lopes, and he was confronted by Chesna. Lopes threw a big rock at Chesna, which struck him within the head. Lopes proceeded to choose up Chesna’s weapon and he fired a number of rounds on the officer, prosecutors have mentioned.

One other officer opened hearth and struck Lopes within the leg, however Lopes fled once more. He allegedly fired three extra pictures on Torrey Road in Weymouth. Vera Adams was struck and killed whereas on her porch. 

A 3-week trial concluded final June. Jurors weighed the case for nearly two weeks, however one ultimately refused to deliberate additional, inflicting a hung jury. 

Protection attorneys for Lopes didn’t deny that he shot and killed Chesna and Adams. They argued that Lopes was struggling a psychotic episode on the time of killings, and was not in a position to perceive his personal actions.