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Lowell Man Indicted in Vicious Attack

August 1, 2018

LOWELL -- A 45-year-old Lowell man who is accused of beating his girlfriend so badly the woman was left with a bleeding brain was indicted on an upgraded charge of assault with intent to murder.

Christopher Martini, of 103 S. Walker St., Lowell, has been held without bail since his April arraignment on a series of charges connected to allegations he beat his 37-year-old girlfriend and then interfered with firefighters who attempted to help her.

The woman was found face down on the kitchen floor by her 7-year-old daughter, according to police report. The girl then called her grandfather, who heard Martini screaming in the background for the girl to “get the (expletive) off the phone.”

After calling her grandfather, who alerted Lowell police, the girl went to her mother’s neighbor’s home and said “I don’t know what to do. My mom is dead,” according to a police report.

Police arrived at the home to find Martini screaming that the woman was overdosing, but it quickly became apparent she was suffering from other issues. Martini tried to pull fire responders away from the woman as they treated her, according to a police report. Doctors later told police the woman was suffering from a serious head injury consistent with blunt force trauma, according to a police report.

Martini’s attorney, Erich Bryant, has said Martini denies hurting the woman and suffers from a “a plethora” of mental health issues.

Martini shot another former girlfriend in Nashua on Aug. 16, 2014. In that case, Martini told Nashua police that he shot Olivia Silverman accidentally while cleaning his gun.

He was initially charged with first degree assault in that case, but pleaded guilty in 2015 to a lesser charge of second degree assault, according to court records. He was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in prison for that offense, but was released from prison in New Hampshire in 2016 because part of his sentence was suspended.

Silverman’s mother attended a hearing in April to confront Martini. Silverman survived the shooting, but suffered from PTSD afterward and died of an overdose in 2016, according to her mother.

In the Lowell case, Martini was initially charged with assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery on a family or household member, interfering with the duty of a firefighter, resisting arrest, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery on a public employee, disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer.

But a Middlesex County grand jury indicted him for assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, interfering with a firefighter, strangulation or suffocation, two counts of assault and battery on a family or household member, two counts of assault and battery on a public employee, and four counts of intimidation of a witness, according to court records.

He was arraigned Thursday in Lowell Superior Court, where Judge Robert Ullmann ordered that Martini continue to be held without bail as his case moves forward, according to court records.

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