WOBURN — Making his first court appearance in seven months, Jared Remy appeared trimmer than the muscle-bound figure who police said was too big to fit in the back of a cruiser on the night of his arrest after the slaying of his girlfriend.
Remy had not left jail for Middlesex Superior Court since entering a not-guilty plea in October on a first-degree murder charge in the death of Jennifer Martel, 27, the mother of his young daughter. Remy’s trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 16.
During three brief hearings since last fall, Remy’s lawyer had waived his appearance. But Remy returned to court Thursday for a hearing related to potential evidence in the case.
Remy, who was an avid body-builder and admitted steroid user before his arrest, still looked barrel-chested but appeared to have shed some of his bulk during his months behind bars.
Flanked by two deputy sheriffs, Remy arrived in court with his wrists and ankles cuffed. He wore a bushy beard and a gray sweatsuit, his sleeves rolled up to reveal tattoos of a naked woman and the grim reaper.
Remy is the 35-year-old son of celebrated Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy. The principal owner of the Red Sox is John Henry, who also owns The Boston Globe.
Judge Kathe Tuttman advised Remy that his lawyer and prosecutors had asked to discuss some motions in the judge’s chambers without Remy, and he did not object. An hour later, Tuttman and the lawyers returned to the courtroom, and the judge suspended the hearing. It is scheduled to resume Tuesday morning.
Remy’s defense lawyer, Edward P. Ryan Jr., declined to comment afterward on the status of the case or on any change in Remy’s appearance.
Since his last time in court, Remy has picked up new charges involving a reported assault on a fellow inmate April 3 at the Cambridge jail where he is incarcerated. He is scheduled to be arraigned next month on nine assault charges from that incident: six counts for allegedly striking the inmate with a plastic chair, one count each for allegedly using hot coffee and a bar of soap, and another for allegedly punching him.
Officials also continue to investigate a claim that Remy threw a milk carton at a correctional officer who was watching over him in solitary confinement on April 25.