A Massachusetts lady who was bludgeoned to demise in her own residence 20 years in the past was apparently killed by her half-brother after detectives used DNA on the heavy conch shell used because the homicide weapon to hyperlink him to the brutal slaying and crack the cold case.
David Reed, 53, allegedly beat Rose Marie Moniz, 41, to demise with a cast-iron kettle, a hearth poker and the shell in March 2001. His DNA was in a database after he attacked one other lady – this time with a tire iron – and stole her purse in 2003.
Police lastly pieced collectively the clues this 12 months when detectives had been in a position to get DNA from the conch shell by envisioning how the attacker might need held it.
Based on the abrasions on Moniz’s face, they decided that she was most likely struck by the shell’s spiny level, and that the attacker most likely held the shell together with his fingers inside its opening for leverage.
The DNA proof led them to Reed, a profession prison who has fled a number of states to keep away from prosecution.
He was lastly found asleep on the Providence Rescue Mission in Rhode Island, the place he was arrested on September 10 and indicted on homicide costs Thursday, the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office introduced.
David Reed, 53 (left), allegedly beat Rose Marie Moniz, 41 (proper), to demise with a cast-iron kettle, a hearth poker and the shell in March of 2001
This 12 months, detectives had been in a position to get DNA from the conch shell (pictured) by envisioning how the attacker might need held it. Based on the abrasions on Moniz’s face, they decided that she was most likely struck by the shell’s spiny level, and that the assault most likely held the shell together with his fingers inside its opening for leverage
Moniz’s surviving relations mentioned that they had no concept that their very own member of the family was the offender behind their beloved sister’s slaying.
‘I did not suppose it was him,’ mentioned Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha. ‘He was a pallbearer (at her funeral)… [he acted] very quiet, unusually quiet. And then just about after that, he disappeared.’
Hours after Moniz’s homicide, her father known as police when he got here to her Acushnet residence to convey her to a physician’s appointment, and found her on the ground in a pool of her personal blood.
Moniz’s cranium was fractured a number of occasions, and she or he was bleeding from each ears and her nostril when her father found her. Her nostril and left cheek bone had been damaged, and her physique was riddled with ‘gaping lacerations,’ in accordance to the District Attorney’s workplace.
Picturing the state that the girl’s father found her in fueled detectives to hold plugging away on the cold case.
‘There’s her poor father coming in and seeing a physique in that situation. That’s his final reminiscence of his daughter,’ District Attorney Tom Quinn instructed WCVB.
Both of Moniz’s dad and mom died with out figuring out who had killed their daughter.
‘My mom and father aged in a single day, you would see it,’ Cunha mentioned. ‘It was actually robust.’
Moniz (pictured) was found with a number of cranium fractures, contusions and deep lacerations over her physique by her father
Both of Moniz’s dad and mom died with out figuring out who had killed their daughter.’My mom and father aged in a single day, you would see it,’ Paul Cunha, her brother, mentioned. ‘It was actually robust.’ Moniz, prime proper, is pictured together with her father, backside proper, mom, backside left, and Cunha, prime left
Before that they had recognized her killer, police believed that theft was the motive in Moniz’s slaying. Her purse had been emptied on the scene and money had been stolen. But there was no signal of pressured entry into her residence.
Reed’s violent life of crime continued on June 10, 2003, when he beat Maribel Martinez-Alegria whereas she was seated in his truck earlier than shoving her out of the automobile into a darkish alley in New Bedford and driving away together with her belongings.
Police are pictured exterior Moniz’s Achusnet residence in 2001
Three weeks later, the girl acknowledged a automotive circling her neighborhood because the one she had been attacked in and thrown out of. She tried calling a detective in her case and instructed her relations in the home.
When her nephew noticed the automotive go by the home once more, her nephew and 5 different people jumped into their minivan and gave pursuit, prosecutors mentioned. Reed tried to shake the next minivan, however its occupants flagged down the police.
Reed struck a parked automobile as he tried to flee, then crashed head-on into the police cruiser of Officer Alan Ferber
‘Even after the crash, the suspect tried to use his truck in an try to push the cruiser out of the best way to facilitate his escape,’ prosecutors mentioned, in accordance to Law and Crime.
Reed was charged with theft, assault and for ramming the police cruiser, however he by no means confirmed up for his court docket date after he was launched on bail. He lived in Florida, Hawaii and Alabama earlier than returning to Massachusetts.
‘He took one of my finest associates, my sister,’ Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha, mentioned. ‘He took one of my finest associates, my sister,’ Cunha mentioned of Reed. ‘He robbed us all of a life of rising previous collectively’
‘I did not suppose it was him [Reed],’ mentioned Moniz’s brother, Paul Cunha, mentioned. ‘He was a pallbearer (at her funeral)… [he acted] very quiet, unusually quiet. And then just about after that, he disappeared’
He was on the lam till 2015 – prosecutors did not specify how he was caught – however Alegria had handed away in Boston six months earlier than his seize.
There was inadequate proof to convict him on the theft and assault costs, prosecutors mentioned, however he served 4 years in state jail for bail leaping, evading police and damaging property. During that point, his DNA pattern was added to the database.
Citing the newly-obtained proof, Reed was additionally slapped with the previously-abandoned theft and assault costs for his assault on Alegria.
But when police tried to arrest him in 2020, prosecutors mentioned, he nearly instantly fled to Alabama. He traveled to California, Hawaii, New York, Pennsylvania and at last Rhode Island, the place he was captured.
A court docket date on the Fall River Division of the Bristol Superior Court has but to be set for Reed, however Moniz’s household mentioned they plan to be at each court docket listening to.
‘He took one of my finest associates, my sister,’ Cunha mentioned of Reed. ‘He robbed us all of a life of rising previous collectively.’