- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - A jury rejected a Boston man’s insanity defense and convicted him Monday of first-degree murder and other charges for kidnapping and fatally stabbing a woman whose body was found in a park almost two years ago.

Prosecutors said Edwin Alemany, 30, kidnapped Amy Lord outside her South Boston apartment in July 2013, beat her and forced to drive her SUV to several ATMs to withdraw money. He then forced Lord to drive to a city park reservation where she was killed.

Family and friends of Lord, 24, who grew up in Wilbraham, wept when the verdict was announced. Her parents left without speaking to reporters.

Alemany also was charged with assaulting two women in a 20-hour period before and after Lord’s slaying. He was convicted on numerous charges in all three attacks and acquitted of a single charge of assault with intent to rape.

Alemany’s attorney, Jeffrey Denner, acknowledged an insanity defense was an uphill battle he undertook because the state’s mental health system fails many adults with chronic mental illness.

“He’s a very sick man,” Denner said. “He’s still the same sick kid he was when he was 17 years old.”

Lead prosecutor John Pappas said while thankful for the conviction, it’s not possible to give Lord’s parents what they want the most, which is their daughter.

“What we can do with these cases is try as best we can to investigate the case professionally, prosecute the case professionally, so we get the best result we can get on the case, and that’s what we were able to do in this particular case,” he said.

Alemany is to be sentenced Tuesday morning. He faces a mandatory life in prison without parole.

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