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.



7 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!

  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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