Man convicted in murder of Peabody social worker

Deshawn James Chappell turns to see the audience in the courtroom at Suffolk Superior Court during opening arguments in his first-degree murder trial for the Jan. 2011 fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Stephanie Moulton in the Revere group home where she worked. Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Metro, Schworm/POOL)
Deshawn James Chappell during opening arguments in his trialJosh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

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A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Deshawn James Chappell of first-degree murder for killing Stephanie Moulton inside the Revere group home for the mentally ill where Chappell was a client and Moulton worked.

Sentencing for Chappell is expected to take place this afternoon in Judge Jeffrey Locke’s courtroom. Chappell faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The murder occurred Jan. 20, 2011. Moulton, an aspiring nursing student who was engaged to be married, was months into her job as a social worker at a group home in Revere run by the North Suffolk Mental Health Association, a state contractor, the Globe has reported.

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