(June 8, 2017) Three men, including one originally charged with attempted murder, had their cases dismissed in Nantucket District Court this week after the alleged victims, and in some instances other witnesses, declined to cooperate with prosecutors who wanted to bring the cases to trial.
“Unfortunately it’s part of the job and a result of may different factors, including a change of heart from the victim,” Nantucket police Lt. Jerry Adams said. “Sometimes there are circumstances beyond their control. There is no simple answer to the question of why they choose not to testify. There are many different factors and as a result, we sometimes have these kinds of dismissals.”
Joan Merette, 24, of 142 Old South Road, was arraigned in July on two counts of attempted murder, two counts of strangulation or suffocation and one count of threatening to commit murder. Cory Francis Vaughn, 26, of 8A Benjamin Drive, was arrested in August 2016 and charged with assault and battery, assault with a dangerous weapon and malicious destruction of property. Matthew Segovia, 25, formerly of Nantucket but now living in Florida, was charged with assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
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