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Accused killer Cassidy held without bail

Rebecca Hyman

A dozen members of James Madonna’s family sat in the same room as the man accused of his murder for the first time since the married father of two was shot to death in Myles Standish Industrial Park last month.

Timothy J. Cassidy, 38, of Shagbark Road, was ordered held without bail after being arraigned this morning in Taunton District Court on a charge of first degree murder.

Madonna’s wife, parents, older son, siblings and several other relatives huddled close, consoling each toward the front of the courtroom as Cassidy was led into the dock.

Cassidy, who is a cousin of Madonna’s wife Pam, made no eye contact with Madonna’s family, according to a man who identified himself as Madonna’s brother-in-law and sat with the family.

“He was too much of a coward,” the man said.

Madonna was a “great person and great father,” the man said as he was leaving the courthouse.

Cassidy, who looked disheveled in a dark-colored sweatshirt, held his head low and spoke only once, to acknowledge a question from Judge David Turcotte, during the brief proceeding.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Nadeau said Cassidy fled to Georgia after the investigation began to focus on him.

He checked into a hotel in Georgia using an assumed identity - growing a beard, dying his dirty blond hair a reddish brown and registering under a false name, Nadeau said.

Cassidy’s attorney, William Sullivan, declined to comment on the case. He said he has not yet reviewed all of the “reports and statements,” and may have more to say when that process is complete.

Sullivan also declined to speculate on his client’s mental state.

Cassidy had reportedly borrowed $25,000 from Madonna, his best friend, and the deadline to repay the debt was Nov. 21, the same day Madonna was found murdered in his car in the industrial park.

Sullivan reserved his right to request bail at a later time.

But Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter, who met with Madonna’s family in the courthouse Wednesday, said Cassidy’s trip to Georgia suggests he is a flight risk.

Cassidy’s case was continued to Jan. 9.

Taunton Call