BROCKTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com/AP) – A Brockton man accused of attacking and killing a local preacher with a hammer was ordered held without bail following his arraignment Thursday.
Carlos Ramon Velazquez, 26, pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with the death of 74-year-old Lee Harmon.
Harmon's wife and six adult children were forced to listen to the brutal details in court, and afterwards said they wanted answers.
The night he was allegedly murdered Harmon was riding his bike to his daughter's house so he could fix her shower curtain rod. His hammer was in the basket.
According to prosecutors, Velazquez attacked him on the street with his own hammer, beating him so badly it broke.
The prosecutor says Harmon died of blunt force trauma. He had several head wounds from both ends of the hammer and part of his skull had been cracked wide open.
Prosecutors said Velazquez was treated for a head injury afterward and said he had been attacked by a group of people near where Harmon was killed on Aug. 20.
Throughout his arraignment, Velazquez maintained the same emotionless expression.
The judge called the allegations shocking.
District Attorney Tim Cruz told FOX 25 it is unclear what motivated the attack. There was a confrontation before the killing, but the men didn't know each other.
According to the prosecutor, when police put out a sketch asking for the public's help, Velazquez's employer says he started growing facial hair and tucked his long hair underneath his hat.
Harmon, who was an assistant pastor at the Church of God in Christ in Roxbury, celebrated his birthday the day before he was killed.
If convicted, Velazquez faces life in prison without parole. The court paperwork containing additional details of the murder has been impounded until his next court date on Oct. 3.