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OK for Kerrigan brother to return home on bail

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010, file

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2010, file photo, Mark Kerrigan, 45, the brother of Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, reacts as he is arraigned in Woburn, Mass., District Court . He was charged with assaulting their 70-year-old father, Daniel, who died after a disturbance at the family's Stoneham, Mass., home. A Massachusetts medical examiner said Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, that the elder Kerrigan died of a heart rhythm problem after suffering a neck injury so severe it damaged his voice box. His death has been ruled a homicide. (AP Photo/Ted Fitzgerald, Pool, File) Photo Credit: AP Photo/Ted Fitzgerald

WOBURN, Mass. - The brother of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, charged with assaulting his father shortly before he died, will be allowed to live in the house where the assault occurred if he is able to post bail, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Mark Kerrigan, 45, is currently being held on $10,000 bond as he
undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.
Prosecutors argued in Woburn District Court on Wednesday that
Mark Kerrigan should not be allowed to return to the Stoneham home
because his mother, who still lives there, is a witness in the
But a judge ruled that if he posts bond, he can go back to the
home, said Jessica Venezia, a spokeswoman for Middlesex District
Attorney Gerry Leone.
Daniel Kerrigan, 70, died last month.
Prosecutors charged Mark Kerrigan with assault and have said
they are deciding whether to upgrade the charge.
A state medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was
“cardiac dysrhythmia” — a loss or interruption of a normal
heartbeat that can lead to cardiac arrest — after a physical
altercation with neck compression that damaged Kerrigan’s windpipe.
The findings also noted that the elder Kerrigan had high blood
pressure and clogged heart arteries.
The Kerrigan family disputes the findings and says Daniel
Kerrigan had a pre-existing heart condition.
On Wednesday, the family said they intend to post bail for Mark
Kerrigan. It was not immediately clear when his psychological
evaluation will be completed.
“The family will post bail for Mark as soon as he is
eligible,” said Nancy Sterling, a spokeswoman for the Kerrigans.
“They look forward to having him home with them.”




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