Wagswoofs – The trial of a 76-year-old Alabama man, who was accused of the 1988 killing of an 11-year-old girl in Massachusetts, concluded on Wednesday. However, the judge declared a mistrial as the jury was deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Marvin C. McClendon Jr. entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge related to Melissa Ann Tremblay’s death.
Last year, McClendon was arrested for the murder of Tremblay, a case that had remained unsolved for decades. Thanks to advancements in technology, investigators were able to link the suspect to the 34-year-old crime. The crucial breakthrough came from the evidence found on Melissa Tremblay’s body, which played a pivotal role in finally solving the case.
According to McClendon’s lawyer, Henry Fasoldt, his client is grateful for the jury’s careful consideration and is eager to have the opportunity to retry the case.
Fasoldt expressed his belief in Mr. McClendon’s innocence, stating, “Mr. McClendon maintains his innocence and I believe he’s innocent.”
The Essex County District Attorney’s office has announced their intention to retry McClendon, according to a spokesperson.
A new trial date has not been scheduled yet.
On September 12, 1988, Tremblay, a Salem, New Hampshire resident, was discovered in a trainyard in Lawrence. This discovery occurred a day after she was reported missing.
Amy Tremblay’s mom and her boyfriend went to the Social Club in Lawrence in September 1988. Melissa played outside in the nearby neighborhoods while they stayed inside. Melissa was last seen that evening, though. A train worker and a pizza delivery driver were the last people to see her. It’s sad that her body was found in the railroad yard. The police found out she had been killed by being stabbed.
Lawrence and Salem, N.H. are located in close proximity to each other, just a few miles apart.
McClendon, who used to work for the Massachusetts prisons department, resided in Chelmsford near Lawrence. At the time of the killing, he was engaged in carpentry work. In addition to his job, McClendon was also actively involved in his local church community in Lawrence.
Since 2014, investigators specializing in cold cases have worked diligently on this case, conducting numerous interviews.
This story is currently being developed and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.