For Immediate Release - March 06, 2009

Thomas E. Ryan was arrested and charged with murder in connection with Scott M. Bernard

Nantucket Chief of Police William Pittman and District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced that at approximately 1:30 pm, Thomas E. Ryan (DOB: 3/21/58) was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of Scott M. Bernard.

Mr. Ryan lived at 69 Cato Lane, Nantucket. The investigation would suggest that the defendant and the victim were drinking together at a local bar, then returned to 69 Cato Lane where an altercation took place resulting in the death. Mr. Ryan and Mr. Bernard had worked together as painters.

The Medical Examiner's Office will schedule and conduct an autopsy.

The case remains under investigation by the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office and the Nantucket Police.

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