Suspect in West Greenwich murder held without bail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A man accused of brutally attacking and killing a man in West Greenwich was ordered held without bail during a court appearance Tuesday.

Christian Lepore, 34, was arrested late last month on first-degree murder and other charges in the death of 63-year-old John O’Neill.

The entire attack happened while O’Neill was on the line with police, and footage from that 911 call was played in court.

Police said O’Neill made the call when Lepore walked onto his John Potter Road property and began threatening him. The call took a horrific turn, according to prosecutors, when Lepore begin beating O’Neill with objects from his yard.

By the time paramedics arrived, O’Neill was already dead. The dispatcher stay on the phone with him during the entire attack.

Investigators said the attack appeared to be random and unprovoked. Lepore was asked to leave his job as a cook at URI’s Alton Jones campus – located near the victim’s residence – due to his “irrational behavior that day,” according to state police.

Lepore’s attorney, Joseph Voccola, contested that his client deserved bail because the state didn’t have enough evidence that a crime occurred.

“It’s impossible for them today to have, your honor, for them to meet their burden, for the purposes of this bail hearing,” Voccola said.

In the end, the judge sided with the prosecution and denied Lepore bail.

Several people were in court to support Lepore but declined to comment on the situation.

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