Jun 21, 2016 3:22 PM

Neighbor testifies victim's face 'covered in blood' after Bedford home invasion


Testimony began against a Massachusetts man facing charges in connection to a 2012 Bedford home break-in on Tuesday.

The prosecution has an extensive list of witnesses that they believe will prove the defendant, Charles Normil, is guilty of charges pertaining to attempted murder, assault, felonious sexual assault and falsifying evidence.

Tuesday’s testimony took the jury back to November 2012. The state prosecutors reiterated the theory that Charles Normil made his way to Proclamation Court, attempted to rob the house, and when he encountered the couple who lived there, he brutally beat them and raped the wife before making off with two expensive watches.

“She looked like she was in shock," said Janice Manno, who was Dr. Eduardo and Sonia Quesada’s neighbor. "She looked like she was moaning, screaming at times and crying."

Manno described to the jury finding a bloodied and bruised Sonia at her door step, 3 Proclamation Ct., begging for help. Manno called 911. The entirety of that call was played for the jury.

Some of the exchange is transcribed below:

Dispatch: “At 3 Proclamation Court, my caller has a female ringing her doorbell with blood all over her face.”

Caller: “How long is it going to take?”

Dispatch: “They are going to get there as quick as they can.”

Caller: “We called, we’ve got the police coming ma'am. We have the police”

Manno testified that minutes later officers arrived and found Sonia Quesada hysterical in the street.

“You could see that she was covered in blood,” said Officer Michael Sherwin, a Bedford Police officer who testified he was one of the first to the scene.

“Her face was covered in blood," Officer Sherwin said. "Her shoulder covered in blood. She had severe facial injuries. She was screaming hysterically, hyperventilating, all at once. She wasn’t able to elaborate but she did say that there was a large black man in her home wearing a ski mask."

A slew of first responders took the stand testifying to the immensity and degree of the injuries Sonia Quesada and her husband sustained.

“Face-down in a pool of blood,” said Officer Sherwood of Dr. Eduardo Quesada. “He was in pretty bad shape and was still barely breathing, but alive.“

The jury is still waiting to hear from the prosecution’s star witness, Nathan Lamontagne, an accomplice in the crime, who will take the stand Wednesday.


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