For Immediate Release - January 18, 2007

Second Man Pleads Not Guilty In Haverhill Beating Case

Haverhill District Court Judge Stephen Abany ordered Joseph Manzi, 20, of 276 Hyatt St., Haverhill, held without bail today pending a dangerousness hearing, which is scheduled for tomorrow.

Manzi is accused in the beating of Paul Buckley, 20, of Haverhill, which occurred at about 2:00 a.m. this past Saturday on Haverhill Street. He pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery.

Buckley was initially brought to Lawrence General Hospital by friends, and was later transported to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston where he remains in critical condition.

Earlier this week, Stephen Purpura, 17, of 82 Pilling Street, Haverhill, pleaded not guilty to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery. His dangerousness hearing is also slated for tomorrow in Haverhill District Court.

Manzi is represented by Attorney Ted Cranney, and Purpura is represented by Gerard LaFlamme.

The ongoing investigation into this matter is being conducted by Haverhill Police and State Police Detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.


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