Friend: Murder defendant believed he could drive out demons

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BOSTON - A childhood friend of the man accused of killing a 2-year-old girl whose body washed up on a Boston Harbor island in 2015 says the defendant believed he could drive demons out of a person's home.

READ: Final report for Bella Bond murder

Bella was known for months only as “Baby Doe,” as investigators desperately struggled to identify her. A composite image was shared by millions of people around the world with the hopes of identifying her.

MORE: Murder trial begins for man accused of killing 'Baby Doe'

Michael Sprinsky testified Wednesday in Michael McCarthy's murder trial. He says McCarthy was interested in the supernatural.

McCarthy's lawyer on Tuesday rejected the prosecution's claim McCarthy killed the girl because he believed she had become possessed by a demon. The defense attorney says it was the girl's mother, Rachelle Bond, who wrote about children possessed by demons.

Prosecutors say Sprinsky helped authorities identify her.

MORE: 'A deal with the devil': Will jury believe Bella Bond's mother?


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