Attempted murder suspect held without bail

Recorder Staff
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

ORANGE — An Athol man charged with attempting to murder his sister and brother-in-law by cutting their throats will stay in jail pending trial, following a dangerousness hearing Tuesday.

Timothy J. Murphy, 58, was ordered by Judge William F. Mazanec III to be held until at least July 3, when he is due again in Orange District Court for a detention hearing.

Murphy is charged with 11 counts, including two for attempted murder and two for assault and battery with a deadly weapon stemming from a June 5 home invasion at 515 Lenox St. in Athol.

His lawyer, Stephen Shea, requested that the court pay $4,000 — which was granted — for a psychiatric evaluation to determine if Murphy could have had murderous intent during the incident.

Murphy was already deemed incompetent during a preliminary evaluation by court-hired physicians and has a history of mental illness, including hospitalization for psychiatric problems earlier this year.

Murphy was arrested around midnight June 5, after police received a report of a disturbance at the home of his sister, Susan Page, and her husband, William Page. Police arrived at the home to find both residents clutching their necks, which were bleeding. Police photographs presented during the hearing showed deep slashes across the center of both victims’ neck.

After the victims were transported to Athol Hospital, Athol Police Officer Erick Fredette and Massachusetts State Police Trooper Steve Torosian went to the residence of Murphy’s nephew on Crescent Street.

Murphy was not there initially, but a short time later, his nephew called the police and said Murphy was approaching the building.

Murphy was confronted at the home and had a large knife on him, according to police. He was shot with a Taser after allegedly making an “aggressive” movement, but the Taser was ineffective.

Eventually, Murphy was brought to the ground at gunpoint and handcuffed, reportedly telling police, “I was going to turn myself in,” and, “My family cut me out.”

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