Two central figures from the murder trial of Officer Dan Talbot have re-surfaced with more skullduggery and one of them will be on trial for attempted murder this July.
Derek Lodie, 20, will face attempted murder charges, assault charges and a variety of weapons charges this summer for a stabbing incident in 2007 that happened on Cooledge Street just three days before the Talbot murder behind Revere High School.
It was a crime that was originally blamed on an innocent man – causing that man to remain behind bars for more than two months until the investigation revealed new information in the wake of Talbot.
Once again, as in the Talbot case, Michael Picardi offered up information that got the innocent man arrested. Picardi always seems to be at the scene of a crime, but frequently has gotten a pass on being held accountable for any perceived criminal activity. However, this time Picardi will face charges of accessory after the fact and lying to a police officer (under the witness intimidation statute).
Lodie took a plea deal just before trial in the Talbot murder for a serious charge of Accessory before the Fact of Murder. Lodie was the man who was provoked into an initial argument with Talbot and other police officers that were drinking alcohol and socializing behind Revere High School. Lodie’s friends later showed up and fired the shots that killed Talbot.
He was sentenced to 8-12 years in Cedar Junction State Prison.
According to prosecutors and several witnesses, Picardi was heavily involved in destroying and disposing the Talbot murder weapon. However, he was never charged in that case and also never served as a witness to offer testimony in the case.
Picardi not being charged was chalked up to a “prosecutorial decision.”
No decision like that is being made now, though, as Picardi will more than likely face a jury in a few months.
The alleged facts in the case against Lodie are quite foreboding, considering that the Talbot murder happened but three days later.
On Sept. 26, 2007, three young men were walking on Cooledge Street in Revere when Lodie allegedly began to approach them.
“What are you doing in my projects?” he allegedly yelled at them as he walked closer.
Once he was next to them, Lodie is alleged to have lunged at one of the youths.
A second of the three youths jumped in front of the attack, and began to fight with Lodie.
The third youth also joined in the fray.
Eventually, Lodie ran off into the Cooledge Street development.
Simultaneously, the second youth realized that he had been stabbed three times in the chest and abdomen area – pretty serious injuries.
The third youth had a sizable slice on his thumb.
Witnesses called 9-1-1 and the injured youths were rushed off to the hospital.
When police arrived on the scene, that’s when Picardi became involved.
Picardi allegedly told police that he witnessed the incident and that it was William “Billy” Bagnera who had stabbed the youths.
However, it turned out that Picardi’s information was a lie. Yet another foreboding situation given what would transpire in the Talbot case just a few days later.
Revere Police immediately put out a warrant for Bagnera – who had a sizable record and a lot of criminal contact with police in the past.
Lodie and Picardi escaped to a mutual friend’s house, where they discussed what had just happened while others overheard.
Two days later, Bagnera was arrested and charged in the stabbings.
Despite his innocence, he was held in custody for more than two months before police were able to point the crime at Lodie and Picardi.
One day after police arrested Bagnera, Officer Talbot was murdered behind the high school after starting an argument with Lodie as he walked by.
Lodie is represented by Attorney Jay Carney, who also represented him in the Talbot case. Carney had no comment on the upcoming trial, which is scheduled for a July 20 start in Boston’s Suffolk Superior Court.