July 16, 2024

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Eleven-year-old Tremblay was killed in Lawrence in 1988. Final week, a jury stated they had been deadlocked within the trial of her suspected killer.

A photograph of Melissa Ann Tremblay, discovered murdered in Lawrence in 1988. was launched in 2022 by prosecutors after an arrest was made within the chilly case.

The household of a New Hampshire lady who was killed 35 years in the past has launched an announcement calling for justice following the latest mistrial of her alleged assassin. 

Melissa Ann Tremblay, 11, of Salem, New Hampshire, was discovered crushed and stabbed to loss of life in a Lawrence railroad yard on Sept. 11, 1988. Three a long time later, Marvin “Skip” McClendon Jr., 76, of Bremen, Alabama, was charged with the lady’s homicide following DNA proof linking him to the killing. McClendon pleaded not responsible.

On Wednesday, McClendon’s homicide trial resulted in a mistrial after the jury stated they had been deadlocked, in keeping with an Eagle-Tribune report. Prosecutors stated they plan to retry McClendon sooner or later, although no new trial date has been set. 

On Friday, Tremblay’s household launched an announcement through Essex County District Legal professional Paul Tucker’s workplace saying the mistrial “isn’t the tip” and highlighting the significance of a retrial as a result of “justice must be served.”

“[McClendon] has had 35 years that he has gone unpunished, strolling free for 33 of these years. He has lived his life together with his household, together with his kids and stepchildren, however but my aunt spent the remainder of her life with out her little one, and our household has been lacking part of us for 35 years,” Tremblay’s household stated within the assertion.

The household additionally thanked prosecutors and detectives for his or her emotional assist and their work on the case and expressed appreciation for jurors who deliberated by the Christmas vacation.

The household’s full assertion is under:

“As Missy’s household we really feel you will need to deal with the media now that the trial has ended. Whereas we might have most popular a responsible verdict we thank God that it wasn’t not responsible and that this isn’t the tip. The final month has been a really lengthy one and we want to thank all these which have been there to assist us. It really has taken a village to get us by.

The day by day assist we now have obtained from the Essex County District Legal professional’s workplace, the earlier detectives like Detective Murphy and Trooper Kelleher and the present detective on Missy’s case Lt. Sherber has really been what has helped us by this trial. They had been there each step of the best way and sat with us and made certain we had been OK. It was very laborious listening to and seeing among the data revealed at trial however they had been at all times there with a hug, a sort phrase and infrequently a field of tissues when wanted. We contemplate all of them household and know they may proceed to do their greatest to get justice for Missy.

Additionally through the trial we had the privilege of assembly Nicole Lydic and the Quinto household, Stephen, Lisa and Jessica. Jessica and her brother Stephen had been childhood pals of Missy’s as was Nicole. The day of closing arguments having them together with all of the law enforcement officials, Troopers and workers from the district lawyer’s workplace all sitting in that courtroom was like all of them had their arms round us comforting us.

Our pals and households assist and prayers have additionally been an enormous assist. Uprooting our lives to come back again for the trial concerned numerous transferring elements and with out everybody’s love and assist we’d not have all been in a position to attend courtroom.

Somebody requested why retrial is so necessary and truthfully it’s as a result of justice must be served! He has had 35 years that he has gone unpunished, strolling free for 33 of these years. He has lived his life together with his household, together with his kids and stepchildren however but my aunt spent the remainder of her life with out her little one and our household has been lacking part of us for 35 years. Missy can be 46 years outdated and possibly have a household of her personal if he hadn’t taken her life. I don’t know what possesses somebody to do what he did to Missy. Did she interrupt one thing he was doing and he or she turned a menace to his life and his likelihood to return to the Dept. of Corrections or did he simply prey on an harmless younger lady? I assume we are going to by no means know why and that can at all times hang-out us. At the least we all know who’s answerable for her loss of life. We would have gotten a mistrial however in our hearts we all know the precise man was on trial and we sit up for seeing him lastly punished.

We might additionally wish to thank the jurors. We all know no less than a few of them believed he was responsible and the actual fact they fought so laborious, deliberating by Christmas means a lot to us.”