Middlesex DA backs out of interview on Remy case


WALTHAM, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is refusing to answer FOX 25's tough questions about how her office handled the Jared Remy case.

FOX 25 has put in repeated requests to speak with the district attorney, and Tuesday morning, her spokesperson called to confirm a 15-minute interview with the DA. Hours later, the interview was canceled, due to what the office called a scheduling issue. 
Jared Remy, 34, is accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Martel, one day after he was arraigned amid allegations that he slammed her head into a bathroom mirror. He pleaded not guilty Friday to murder and domestic assault and battery charges.
The district attorney's handling of Remy's case has been called into question after the 34-year-old was freed on personal recognizance in the initial assault case.
Ryan's office defended its decision not to seek bail for Remy, noting that there was no active restraining order against him and that Martel had not chosen to pursue one at the time.
However, FOX 25 learned Martel filed an emergency restraining at about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 13 immediately following the assault.
In the restraining order, Martel wrote that she feared for her safety.
"Jared grabbed my neck and head and slammed my head into the bathroom mirror," she wrote.
According to court officials, Martel still had several hours to change her mind about the restraining order, and while she did not show up to court to ask for the extension, officials say the restraining order didn't expire until 4 p.m. Aug. 14. Remy was arraigned before noon that day.
DA's Spokeswoman Mary Beth Long tells FOX 25's Sharman Sacchetti that the DA wasn't available Tuesday for any interviews.
Questions remain on whether or not the district attorney's office made any mistakes, and whether or not she should resign.