Lexington man accused of taking pictures his mom and her buddy held with out bail, to bear psychological well being analysis


Brent Roman-Finnagan, 22, allegedly shot his mom and her buddy late Friday afternoon. He was held with out bail at his arraignment Monday and is ready to be evaluated for legal accountability given his psychological well being points.

The house on Keeler Farm Means in Lexington, which was the scene of a taking pictures on Sept. 29, 2023. John HIlliard/The Boston Globe

A 22-year-old Lexington man accused of taking pictures his mom and her buddy was held with out bail at his arraignment Monday pending a dangerousness listening to, in keeping with court docket information. 

Prosecutors allege that on Sept. 29, Brent Roman-Finnagan shot his 57-year-old mom and her buddy, a 55-year-old Haverhill girl, on the dwelling he shared together with his mom on Keeler Farm Means. The defendant’s mom known as 911 to report the taking pictures round 4:45 p.m. 

On Monday, Roman-Finnagan was arraigned in Harmony District Courtroom on two counts of assault to homicide and eight different assault and gun fees. A not responsible plea was entered on his behalf.

Based on court docket information, Decide Lynn Brendemuehl granted prosecutors’ request that Roman-Finnagan be held with out bail till a dangerousness listening to, which was scheduled for Oct. 10. 

Roman-Finnagan’s psychological well being

Courtroom information present that George King, Roman-Finnagan’s lawyer, requested the court docket for funds to rent a psychologist or psychiatrist to judge his shopper’s psychological well being and decide if he’s competent sufficient to carry legal accountability for the taking pictures. Brendemuehl granted this request.

King additionally requested funds to rent a consulting neurologist, however in keeping with court docket information, Brendemuehl waited to rule on this request. NBC10 Boston reported that the choose stated she needed to see the outcomes of the psychological well being analysis first. 

King advised the court docket Roman-Finnagan has been handled for psychological well being points for years, the information station reported. “Psychological well being performs a giant position on this difficulty that we’re coping with right here at present, and that must be evaluated,” he stated, including that the system let his shopper down.

Roman-Finnagan underwent a psychological well being analysis at a hospital after the taking pictures on Friday, authorities stated beforehand, however was later launched into police custody. King declined to touch upon the case Tuesday. 

Just like an madness protection, in Massachusetts, a defendant may be discovered to be “not criminally chargeable for his conduct if he has a psychological illness or defect, and, because of that psychological illness or defect, lacks substantial capability both to understand the criminality or wrongfulness of his conduct or to evolve his conduct to the necessities of the legislation.” 

Based on the state’s web site, in instances the place the defendant is discovered to be not criminally accountable attributable to psychological well being points, a choose usually orders the defendant held at a psychological well being facility or the Division of Correction’s Bridgewater State Hospital. 

Extra particulars concerning the case revealed

Roman-Finnagan was visibly upset in court docket and sometimes broke into tears, NBC10 Boston reported. Middlesex County Assistant District Lawyer Whitney Williams advised the court docket he admitted to taking pictures his mom and her buddy, who he known as his aunt, however advised police he regretted it. 

Williams stated the 2 victims, whose names haven’t been launched, have been each shot a number of occasions, the information station reported. When police arrived, the prosecutor stated, they noticed Roman-Finnagan leaving the home.

Officers discovered his mom on the steps main into the house, Williams stated, and her buddy was on the sofa with a 9mm pistol that Roman-Finnagan admitted belonged to him, NBC10 Boston reported. The 2 victims have undergone surgical procedures and are in crucial however steady situation, the prosecutor stated. 

Authorities stated beforehand that Roman-Finnagan purchased the gun used throughout the taking pictures illegally and had been retaining it in his room. They haven’t specified a motive for the taking pictures.

Outdoors of the court docket Monday, Jonathan Hunn, the son of one of many victims, advised reporters that each victims have been affected by medical situations after they have been shot. 

“It was clear he’s a coward. He deserves what he will get, taking pictures down two girls who may barely stroll,” Hunn reportedly stated.