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Thomas Mortimer – Was He Trying to Hide His Dead Child’s College Fund?

09/11/2010

Back in June, I wrote that 64-year-old Ellen Stone, her 41-year-old daughter, Laura Stone Mortimer, and Laura’s two children, 4-year-old Thomas Mortimer V and 2-year-old Charlotte Mortimer were found dead in their Windsong Lane home.  You can read more here.

Charlotte & Finn

Laura Stone-Mortimer

The murder scene was described as, “horrific” and “unspeakable,” and the acts that caused the deaths “do not appear random.”

We knew that Thomas Mortimer IV left two notes on the kitchen table in which Mortimer claimed,  ‘I did these horrible things. What I have done is extremely selfish and cowardly. I murdered my family.’

It is believed the family was murdered some time between 9pm on June 14 and 7am on the 15th. The family was bludgeoned and stabbed to death in their home.

Since that time we have learned he pleaded not guilty to four counts of first-degree murder in Woburn Superior Court and his attorney, Denise Regan, claims he has mental health issues.

On Thursday, Judge Elizabeth Fahey ordered Thomas Mortimer IV to pay $40,000 toward the cost of his defense — $25,000 of which could come from a college fund his wife set up for one of their children.

Thomas Mortimer IV

Judge Fahey grew impatient and angry when she sited the discrepancy between the “short” financial disclosure form Mortimer filled out at his arraignment last week and the “long” form he filed out this week.

Regan had asked the court to require Mortimer to pay $10,000 toward his defense — a number she derived from the “short” form.  Fahey responded she had just learned that Mortimer appeared to have substantially more to contribute.

Mortimer’s financial assets consist of about $14,000 in an IRA, about $1,500 in two bank accounts, a $25,000 college fund, and two vehicles.

On the short form he only revealed the IRA account and the two vehicles. Mortimer signed the form under the pains and penalties of perjury.

Judge Fahey ordered a probation officer to do the long form, and that was when it was revealed a $25,000 college fund for the child had been set up.

Regan claimed to be surprised by the information, as she had not been included in the process and was not present when Mortimer worked on the form with the probation officer.

“I object to the fact that he was interviewed without counsel,” she said, adding that she believes Mortimer was truthful during the interview for the short form.

“No one is trying here to deceive the court,” she said. “He’s very nervous, and I made sure that we were as forthright as possible during that interview.”

Fahey then summoned the probation officer to explain how explain how the $10,000 figure was set and swore Mortimer in to explain the discrepancy.  Mortimer claimed that for the short form, he was only asked about ‘his” personal assets so, that the information he gave!

Note:  The house on Windsong Lane belonged to Laura’s mother, Ellen.

According to Reagan, the college fund is in Laura Stone Mortimer’s name and it is unclear whether those funds will go to Mortimer or end up in probate proceedings.

I have to bet Debra Sochat, Laura’s sister, will have something to say about the college fund!

Mortimer appeared attentive and composed in court and there was no further mention of his mental status or any pending evaluations.

Also at the hearing the defense requested that four lines from a 9-page summary of the evidence should remain sealed.  The lines were classified as ‘highly inflammatory’ and could him at risk in prison and could prejudice potential jurors.

Prosecutor Adrienne Lynch said she would agree to redact the four lines out of concern it could affect ‘the well-being’ of unnamed relatives who don’t know about the details of the murders yet.

Judge Fahey has not ruled on that request yet and Mortimer is scheduled to be back in court on September 27.

I’m not sure why Mortimer was confused about personal assets.  Maybe it was the way the question was asked or maybe he really was hiding the money.  As for the ‘highly inflammatory’ information in the evidence report, I’m extremely concerned about what went on in the Windsong Lane home.  It must be far more horrific than we first imagined!

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  1. Ritanita
    09/11/2010 at 12:00 pm

    It will be interesting to see where this case goes. With his written confession, I suppose they will try for insanity.

    Thanks for the update!

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