Dedham: Weymouth teen arraigned for triple murder

A Weymouth teen charged with the gruesome Nov 10th triple slaying of his mother, sister and mother’s boyfriend has been indicted and arraigned at Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham. A judge ordered 18-year-old Donald Rudolph held without bail in connection with the murders.

Rudolph appeared in court wearing a white t-shirt, green prison sweatpants,  handcuffs and leg shackles. Aside from looking at his father, Donald Rudolph Sr., and sister Brittany, who were seated in the courtroom, the suspect stood still, with his eyes wandering and his face twitching slightly as prosecutor Craig Kowalski outlined the gruesome details of the case.

On November 10th officers were called to the Rudolph family home by a neighbor and found the suspect with blood on his hands. They then discovered Rudolph’s mother’s boyfriend, Frederick Medina, stabbed to death inside the Rudolph family home on Upland Road in Weymouth. The suspect’s sister, Cailyn, and mother, Paula Rudolph, were found stabbed and beaten to death in the detached garage–their bodies wrapped in sheets and blankets.

In court on Thursday afternoon, Defense Attorney John Darrell filed several motions, which he says are for requests for records and funds. Darrell, who previously told reporters that his client has a long history of mental illness, says other motions he filed are requests for funds for doctor evaluations.

Rudolph is being held at the Norfolk County Jail, after being ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.

Rudolph is scheduled to appear in Dedham Superior Court again on February 13th for a pre-trial conference and on June 25th.

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