Thursday, August 7, 2008

Zammitti continues testimony

WOBURN - The emotional testimony of Michele Zammitti continued yesterday in the Sean Fitzpatrick murder trial. Zammitti’s husband, Michael Zammitti Jr., 39 and Chester Roberts, 54, were shot to death at the Allstate Concrete Pumping Company on New Salem Street on March 13, 2006. Fitzpatrick, 46, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths and one count of carrying a gun without a license. If he’s convicted, the Freedom, N.H., man faces life in prison without parole.
On the stand, Zammitti told the court about an affair she had with Fitzpatrick months before the killings and how she broke it off and went back to her husband. Assistant DA Dan Bennett played the last half-hour of a two-hour phone conversation between Zammitti and Fitzpatrick that took place one week after the murders. Zammitti told Fitzpatrick about how she was trying to cope with the sudden loss of her husband and the police investigation. Fitzpatrick said Zammitti should “answer the police’s question the way they want you to” and said the murders “looked like a professional job.”
“He mentioned that he was at Freedom Market or Maryanne’s getting coffee and that his neighbor Gert (Ducharme) saw him that morning,” said Zammitti. “In the past, he said that Michael would be a weekend dad. Sean also said he wasn’t OK with me and Michael being together.”
On Tuesday, Zammitti said she and Fitzpatrick began the affair during a time when she said she was not happy with her marriage and that Fitzpatrick listened to her problems and was there for her. Zammitti also described how the relationship turned physical and how Fitzpatrick envisioned a life together with her and her three children. Zammitti tried to end the affair by going back to Michael to work on their marriage problems through counseling. The prosecution’s argument is that Fitzpatrick was someone who was unwilling to let go and would resort to murder to get Zammitti back.
Under cross-examination, defense attorney Randy Gioia asked Zammitti about the details surrounding the call.
Zammitti said that she and three Massachusetts State Troopers set up the call and recorded it three months before Fitzpatrick was arrested. The call was made from a car at the Rockingham Mall in New Hampshire.
The more I read about this case, the worse Fitzpatrick looks. I can't imagine what Mrs. Zammitti's going through. Then again...she DID cheat on her husband.

1 comment:

  1. I hate to say it, but look at the last few paragraphs of today's article. Gretchen's account is pretty consistent with the defense's. Now, the question is was Fitzpatrick sleeping from say 7:00-9:00 AM?


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