Quincy: Suspect arraigned on Weymouth murder charge

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Eric Carpenito, 33-year-old Weymouth resident is arraigned at Quincy District Court, Wednesday, May 25, 2011, on charges he stabbed to death a 50-year-old man Tuesday night. (Photo Credit//Gary Higgins, Pool Photography)

Authorities say it was a fight over money which led to the stabbing of 50-year-old David Lilly, a former NAVY Seal with ties to the South Shore. 33-year-old Eric Carpenito, who allegedly was letting Lilly stay with him, is accused of murder and assault and battery.

Weymouth and State Police detectives worked through much of Tuesday night processing the scene at 5200 Avalon Drive in Weymouth. According to District Attorney Michael Morrissey, the case is still under investigation.

In Quincy District Court on Wednesday, prosecutors said that the victim had suffered from at least four stab wounds, and authorities recovered a weapon near Lilly’s bloodied body, described in court as a black folding knife with a 5-inch long blade.

Carpenito’s attorney claimed his client was simply acting in self defense, while prosecutors painted a picture of a suspect with a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1997. Prosecutors said Carpenito has ten guilty findings on his record–one involving an assault with a knife for which he spent eight months in jail.

Carpenito’s attorney said his client acted in self-defense, and that Carpenito broke free from a “bear hug” that Lilly had put him in, then called 911 and let police in when they arrived. Police discovered Carpenito covered in blood when they got to the front door.

Carpenito was ordered held without bail and is due back in court, June 28th, for a probable cause hearing.

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Steven Dodrill left the WATD news team in 2013. "Follow" him on Twitter At Franklin Pierce, Steven worked to introduce new forms of media like YouTube, and Twitter to the Franklin Pierce community.  Steven graduated Cum Laude and with honors in Mass Communication from Franklin Pierce University in May of 2009. Steven focused his education and experience in New Hampshire around sports broadcasting, digital media, broadcast journalism, news, media production, and political reporting. "Like" him on Facebook Dodrill also interned with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League during the summer of 2007, and most recently in the spring of 2009 he completed an internship in the newsroom at WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH.