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Watertown Town Councilor Devaney to stand trial after rejecting possible agreement with prosecutors

Posted by Ralph Ranalli January 16, 2008 03:01 PM


After rejecting a possible agreement that would have ended the case, Watertown Town Councilor Marilyn Petitto Devaney is now scheduled to go on trial May 1 for on a felony assault and battery charge.

Appearing in Waltham District Court this morning, lawyers for the state and Devaney told Judge Gregory C. Flynn they canceled a Dec. 13 trial date because they thought an agreement settlement was imminent.

Devaney, however, rejected the offer, even though her own attorney told the judge that it "appeared to be reasonable." Attorney Rob Galibois, who appeared in court on behalf of Devaney’s regular attorney, Kevin Reddington, declined to discuss the specifics of the proposed agreement.

Devaney has been accused of hitting a Waltham beauty supply store clerk with a bag containing a curling iron last April after the pair got into an argument over Devaney’s efforts to purchase items with a personal check.

The store clerk alleges that Devaney got upset after being told store policy required she show a driver’s license when writing a check.

-- Christina Pazzanese

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