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Middlesex County Justice/Crime


Medford Man Arrested In Connection With 2006 Murder

Will Be Arraigned In Cambridge Superior Court This Morning


CAMBRIDGE - Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today that a Medford man has been indicted and arrested in connection with the 2006 murder of Paula Doherty, also of Medford.


            Tom Evans, of Medford, was indicted on Monday by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on one count of murder and one count of armed robbery. He was arrested yesterday in Somerville by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He will be arraigned this morning in Middlesex Superior Courtroom 10B in Cambridge.


            “Paula Doherty was brutally murdered more than one year ago and our investigation did not stop until we had the person we allege to have committed that murder in custody,” District Attorney Leone said.           


According to authorities, on Monday, October 2, 2006, Medford Police responded to a 911 call of a reported unresponsive female at 870 Fellsway in Medford. When police arrived, they found Doherty laying on the floor and unconscious, suffering from apparent blows to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.


            Medford Police and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office commenced an immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner completed an autopsy of the victim and determined the cause of death to be homicide by blunt trauma to the head.


            Based on that investigation, it was determined that Doherty, Evans, and others were together at Doherty’s 870 Fellsway apartment on Saturday, September 30, 2006. Witnesses place Evans and Doherty as the last two people who remained at the residence together that night, and authorities believe Doherty’s time of death was later that evening.


The Commonwealth alleges that while the two were in the apartment, Evans stole a large amount of cash from the victim. During the course of the robbery, Evans is alleged to have struck and killed her.


            Witness accounts and forensic evidence linked Evans to the site and the alleged robbery. There were no signs of a forced entry into the apartment.


            Evans will be arraigned on his charges this morning in Cambridge Superior Courtroom 10B.


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