Fernando Aristy, 24, of Chelsea, Massachusetts, continues to be held without bail in connection with the Murder of Chad McDonald, Sr., which allegedly resulted from a confrontation between the two at a Lynn warehouse.
Aristy is charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon and Aggravated Assault & Battery (both counts being 'aggravated' as a result of serious bodily injuries).
According to the Essex County District Attorney's Office, Aristy hit McDonald in the face and head with his fists as well as with a 2x4 piece of wood. McDonald was initially hospitalized for eleven days, but later succumbed to his injuries.
The altercation allegedly resulted from Aristy blocking McDonald's car with his, which then led to McDonald grabbing a screwdriver. The two men eventually scuffled on the ground, but nearby witnesses had to pull Aristy off of McDonald, who had gotten the 'upper hand' in the fight.
After the two men were separated, Aristy left the area, but then convinced his friend, who was driving him home, to return him to see McDonald so he could "keep fighting". McDonald's body was then discovered the following morning when he did not show up for a meeting with another person. Fellow co-workers found McDonald's body lying on an air mattress, severely beaten and bruised. He was eventually taken to Massachusetts General Hospital where he did on October 20.
According to the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's Office, McDonald died from "blunt force trauma to the head with injuries to the skull and brain."
By all accounts, however, it readily appears that Aristy will assert a Defense of Self-Defense if this case goes to trial, and try to pin McDonald as the initial aggressor and at least argue that the death was Manslaughter, rather than premeditated Murder.
At this time, Aristy remains held without bail pending trial on this case.