Somerville Speakup Line: Former Somerville Cop Released on Bail Pending New Trial

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Haven’t seen it in any media anywhere or know the reasoning why it was granted, but Keith Winfield, former Somerville cop who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the child rape of his toddler niece has been granted a new trial and was released on bail pending the start of his new trial. Considering he was a life sentence I am surprised he got Bail. Will be interesting to see what the new evidence is. 

Original Article 

COMMONWEALTH vs. KEITH WINFIELD.

76 Mass. App. Ct. 716

February 5, 2010 – May 14, 2010

Court Below: Superior Court, Middlesex

Present: RAPOZA, C.J., MCHUGH, & GRAHAM, JJ.

Practice, Criminal, Required finding, Redaction. Evidence, Motive, Relevancy and materiality, Hearsay, Verbal completeness, Photograph, Bias, Impeachment of credibility, Cross-examination. Rape.

At the trial of indictments charging the defendant with forcible rape of a child under sixteen, indecent assault and battery of a child under fourteen, and assault and battery of a child causing serious bodily injury, the judge did not err in denying the defendant’s motion for required findings of not guilty at the close of the Commonwealth’s case, where the circumstantial evidence, viewed in the light most favorable to the Commonwealth, permitted a rational trier of fact to find that the defendant, and not his wife, had committed the criminal acts on the child in their care. 

At a criminal trial, the judge did not err in permitting redaction of the defendant’s taped statement to the police, where the redacted portions, which neither explained nor qualified the part of the interview introduced by the Commonwealth, constituted self-serving, totem pole hearsay.

At the trial of indictments charging the defendant with forcible rape of a child under sixteen, indecent assault and battery of a child under fourteen, and assault and battery of a child causing serious bodily injury, the judge did not abuse his discretion in admitting photographic evidence of the victim’s injuries, where the contested photographs of burns and bruises were probative of issues such as penetration, force, intent, and opportunity, and where the judge, in his instructions to the jury, cautioned them against placing undue weight on the photographs.

At the trial of indictments charging the defendant with forcible rape of a child under sixteen, indecent assault and battery of a child under fourteen, and assault and battery of a child causing serious bodily injury, the judge did not err in refusing to permit the defendant (the victim’s uncle) to impeach the victim’s mother with her pending criminal charges, where the circumstances did not demonstrate that the mother’s testimony at trial was motivated by a desire to obtain from the Commonwealth favorable treatment regarding the charges against her.



8 thoughts on “Somerville Speakup Line: Former Somerville Cop Released on Bail Pending New Trial”

  1. I am a concerned parent wondering if Mr.Winfield is out, where is he living. And did he register on the Sex Offender registration list. I have a right to know.

    1. He doesn’t have to. His conviction was overturned by the court so now he’s only charged with crimes, but has not been found guilty on retrial and that’s if the DA decided to retry him or drop the case all together.

  2. Bail? That’s a waste of taxpayer dollars. He needs a pair of concrete boots for a swim. Cheap, effective and will prevent future victims. Nothing can fix what is broken in that kind of perp.

  3. This case was overturned because a world renowned medical expert proved the child was never assaulted.
    The states expert was discredited. There is zero evidence the child was assulted or mr Winfield harmed the child at all. The allegations in this case were horrible. But whats worse is that Keith who is a father a veteran and a former police officer is living a complete nightmare where he was wrongfully accused of a horrible and apparently made up crime then incarcerated for 11 1/2 years. The innocence project successfully overturned his case, The community needs to be objective about this. Thank you.

    1. There was NO rape, NO sexual abuse of any kind at all! But the cards were certainly stacked against this guy right from the start.

      There were several guilty people involved in this wrongful conviction over 11 years ago…and Keith Winfield was NOT one of them!

      -There was the cowardice, deceitful and extremely abusive- MOTHER!

      -There was the negligent and highly incompetent- Defense LAWYER!

      -There was the vengeful and reviled state’s witness- DOCTOR!

      In fact, this same doctor faced civil charges in another more recent case of misdiagnosis. She is also named as key witness in at least 4 other cases of false abuse accusations and/or wrongful convictions based on her irresponsible, inaccurate, and fabricated testimony!

      So tragic for Keith and his family that this justice system failed them, manipulated by corruption and a cast of characters you couldn’t encounter in even your most horrific nightmares!

    2. Being one is was falsely accused also, and my nightmare happened during the Fells Acre travesty.
      Fortunately, for me, the father and stepmother knew it wasn’t true, tge accusations came from the fathers exwife, the father was awarded custody and his exwife made the accusation, hoping that would get her daughter back.
      Ironically, I don’t know her and never met her(exwife).
      I was never charged, but had to go in front of a DSS inquiry group. They asked questions of me, the alleged victim, tge father and stepmother. These inquiries were done seperately as well as us all together…
      When asking a 4-5 year old questions of the like they were asking, I knew it was possible that a child that young could be confused to the point of saying yes, when the truthful answer should have been no.
      Fortunately for me, she was a smart little kid and said exactly as she should have and I was never charged…
      But don’t be mistaken in thinking I was able to go back to my life as I was accustomed…
      The reason(I think) I was targeted, was because I at times read childrens books to the kid while she sat on my lap…
      Since and for the 30 years since, I’ve never left myself open to be THAT CLOSE to a child, I will not watch kids for anyone, something that I did naturally my first 30 years of life, I love kids.,.
      Sadly, though I was innocent and proven so…
      I’m still dealing with how easily my life was sabotaged in the most grossess way.
      And what’s really frightening, is seeing reactions from peoole when they see or read about someone “ACCUSED” of the same charges…
      Many people immediately believe the accusation and say the most vile things, just like the guy above who suggests concrete boots for Officer Keith Winfield, even though it was proven it didn’t happen.
      I know Officer Winfield is no longer an officer, but when he was falsely accused, he was and would probably still be an officer today, I’m giving him that, he lost that titke wrongfully.. Officer Winfield, I’m sorry this happened to you, and there should be recourse of some kind for people like Attorney General Coakley for persuing cases they know are bogus…

  4. I’m glad he got a break, I can only imagine what he’s been through. I worked with Keith, and I’ve always thought he was innocent. I’ll pray for you brother.

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