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Lynn man held without bail in 2013 murder of girlfriend

A Lynn man was ordered held without bail today after being arraigned in East Boston District Court in the slaying of a 32-year-old woman who had been his girlfriend.

Chhoeut Chin, 42, was kept out of public view as he pleaded not guilty to the murder of Sherry Bradley last August.

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On Aug. 1, 2013, police discovered a body at at 800 Border St.. Police later identified it as belonging to Sherry Bradley, 32, of Lynn. Bradley’s death was ruled a homicide in April, police said.

Chin’s court-appointed attorney was defiant in court Monday, explaining that “four or five lines” of information have been presented to him in the case — the rest he has read in local newspapers. Calling the case “Kafkaesque,” Brian Kelley argued that his client should not be held on so little information.

Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Mark Lee said authorities received reports of alarming behavior by Chhoeut before Bradley’s body was discovered by workers cleaning a garage at the Lynn property.

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“There were reports of stalking-type behavior as well as documented threats to kill her,” he said.

Lee said Chin had prior records of assault. Chin told authorities he did not know Bradley when he was interviewed last year.

Kelley said his client has been a legal resident of the US since 1984, is unmarried, and has a 22-year-old daughter. He is originally from Cambodia.

“I did not hear an explanation as to why it took so long to come to the conclusion they did,” Kelley said in an interview following the hearing. “It’s just unconstitutional ... un-American.”

According to a police report filed in court, family members and friends described Chin’s relationship with Bradley as “possessive, controlling, and at times aggressive.”

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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