Child murder trial: Friend says Bois went from good-natured to suicidal

Jack Encarnacao

Several people who interacted with Ryan Bois on the day he allegedly killed his 6-year-old cousin painted a picture for jurors of a 20-year-old who transformed from good-natured to suicidal in a short time.

During the first day of testimony in Bois’ murder trial on Thursday in Norfolk Superior Court, attorneys questioned his former girlfriend, a friend who dropped him off at his grandmother’s house the night of the killing, and police officers who arrested him afterward.

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Eric Euber of Weymouth said Bois attended a cookout in Weymouth that Euber also attended on the day Joanna Mullin was killed. Euber, who said he knew Bois for about eight years, said Bois was drinking beer at the small afternoon gathering in August 2007 and that there was nothing unusual about his mood.

“He was playing horseshoes with us,” Euber said.

Nicole Felandys of Abington, who was identified as being in a relationship with Bois at the time, also testified that she didn’t notice anything unusual about him the day of the killing.

Euber drove Bois to Bois’ grandmother’s house at about 10:30 that night. Prosecutors say Bois broke into the home and raped and killed his cousin, who was asleep.

Euber said he was told the owners of the home where the afternoon party was held wanted Bois to leave, but he did not know why. Beverly Cannone, Bois’ attorney, asked him if it was because Bois was found naked in a laundry room of the home. Euber said he didn’t know.

“We were supposed to take him to his grandmother’s, but I think he was trying to find another place to go,” Euber said. “He just said he’d see us later and walked out (of the car).”

About three hours later, Bois was begging a police officer to shoot him after crashing a car in Quincy, according to police. Weymouth police officer Edward Hancock said Bois was yelling, “You don’t know what I did.”

Another Weymouth police officer, Steven Shalno, said Bois, now 22, was shouting the same thing at passing traffic before he was put in a cruiser.

Reach Jack Encarnacao at jencarnacao@ledger.com.