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Leominster man charged with manslaughter after allegedly killing girlfriend in crash last July

A Leominster man was arraigned Monday on a manslaughter charge after allegedly killing his former girlfriend in a car accident nearly a year ago, prosecutors said.

Gregory M. McNally, 35, was held on $50,000 bail in Worcester District Court after being arrested Friday by State Police in connection with the death of Emilia A. Ortiz, 35, of Framingham on July 22, 2018, the Worcester district attorney’s office said in a statement.

McNally drove a 2014 Nissan Rogue off Johnny Appleseed Lane in Leominster and hit a tree, killing Ortiz, who was a passenger in the car, prosecutors said.

Ortiz had an active restraining order against McNally filed July 3 after McNally crashed into a cement wall with Ortiz in the car sometime in June, according to Leominster Police Chief Michael Goldman.

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Goldman said police also were aware of some “domestic issues” involving the couple before the first crash.

If McNally posts bail, he must remain confined to his home, wear a GPS monitor, avoid the victim’s family and friends, remain drug- and alcohol-free, and undergo a mental evaluation, the district attorney’s office said.


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