• Convicted murderer fights denied name change in Brockton court


    BROCKTON, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Convicted murderer Charles Jaynes appeared in a Brockton court room on Tuesday as he attempts to fight a ruling on his request to legally change his name.

    Jaynes wants the state to pay for both an investigation into the ruling and for a court appointed attorney.

    "I know for a fact that people have not been denied their First Amendment Constitutional right to change their name on religious grounds," Jaynes explained in court.

    Jaynes claims to have converted to the Wiccan religion and is requesting the name Manasseh Invictus Auric Thutmos V.

    Bob Curley never misses an opportunity to face his 10-year-old son Jeffrey's killer.

    "This is just a complete waste of taxpayers' money," says Curley, who also says he will keep fighting for his son.

    Jeffrey's body was found in a cement-filled container in a Maine river after he was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in 1997.

    "He's full of it, he's a liar," Curley says of Jaynes. "How can you believe anything that comes out of his mouth?"

    In addition to the name change, Jaynes is also requesting a court appointed attorney to help in the endeavor and a private investigator to look into why changing his name would create record keeping challenges for the state.

    "If he gets to change his name to something other than what's on that paperwork it's easy to see why the Appeals Court said it would cause confusion in the system and is a reason by itself to deny the name change," says Curley's attorney, Michael Chinman.

    The judge's final decision is expected in the coming days.

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