For Immediate Release - October 26, 2010

Chelsea Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Fernando Aristy, 24, of Chelsea, pleaded not guilty today in Lynn District Court to murder in the beating death of Chad McDonald, 34, of Peabody. Aristy also pleaded not guilty to assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Judge Stacey Fortes-White ordered Aristy held without bail and continued his case until November 3 for a probable cause hearing. Aristy had turned himself in to Lynn police yesterday afternoon on the warrant pertaining to the assault charges, and this morning Lynn Police obtained a warrant charging him with murder.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Maureen Wilson Leal told the court that on October 9, 2010, Aristy beat the victim with a two-by-four in a dispute over a parking spot at Jim Appleyard Bonded Storage in Lynn. McDonald died of his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston on October 20.

Aristy is represented by Attorney Raymond Buso.

The case is being investigated by Lynn Police and State Police assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.