BOSTON (AP) — Longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy said Saturday he could not describe his "disgust and remorse" over allegations his son fatally stabbed his girlfriend a day after being released from custody for allegedly assaulting her.
In a statement released through his Twitter account, Remy said he and his wife are "heartbroken" over the death of Jennifer Martel on Thursday night, allegedly at the hands of his son, Jared.
"Words cannot describe my wife's and my grief," Jerry Remy wrote. "Son or not, I am at loss for words articulating my disgust and remorse over this senseless and tragic act."
Jared Remy, 34, pleaded not guilty in Waltham District Court on Friday on charges of murder and domestic assault and battery in the killing of Martel, 27.
In court, prosecutors described a brutal and determined attack, saying Jared Remy assaulted Martel in the kitchen, living room, on a stairway and then pinned her to the ground in the patio where he stabbed her several times. At least one neighbor who tried to help Martel was driven back when Remy slashed at him, a prosecutor told a judge in court.
Martel's 4-year-old child was in the apartment, and was not hurt. The child is now in the custody of child welfare officials.
Remy was arrested at the scene, his clothes soaked in the victim's blood.
On Wednesday, Remy had been released on personal recognizance in an open assault and battery case in which Martel was the alleged victim, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said. The there was no active restraining order against him, she said.
Remy has a violent criminal history, including a total of 15 criminal charges since 1998, according to Waltham court records. He has been accused of assaulting five people — including four women — and was involved in at least three restraining orders, including one in which he was the plaintiff.
Remy was ordered held without bail. His attorney, Peter Bella, said he was trying to figure out what happened leading up to Martel's stabbing, pointing out that his client had what could be considered as defensive wounds.
Jerry Remy is a former Red Sox second baseman who has been a color analyst on team broadcasts on the New England Sports Network since 1988. He has struggled with health problems in recent years. NESN announced Friday that he will be off the air through next weekend.
Jerry Remy said Saturday that his thoughts and prayers go out to the victim's mom and her family.
Jared Remy is a former Red Sox security staffer who was fired by the team in 2008 during a steroid investigation.
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