Arrest in 2011 slaying of Chicopee womanAP , Associated Press
Nov. 5, 2013 6:59 PM ET
CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — A 22-year-old Springfield man was charged Tuesday with the 2011 stabbing death of a Chicopee woman, in a case that drew criticism when it was discovered two police officers had shared their cellphone crime scene photos with colleagues.
Dennis Rosa Roman was held without bail after pleading not guilty in Chicopee District Court to killing Amanda Plasse. Her body was found in her apartment in August 2011. Police believed she was getting ready for her job as a waitress when she was attacked.
Police were criticized and several reprimanded after it was learned a patrolman and a sergeant took cellphone photos at the crime scene and shared them with other officers, one of whom showed them to people at a football game.
Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni told the judge Tuesday he and Roman's lawyer Edward Fogarty agreed to impound affidavit and arrest warrant documents until a Nov. 18 hearing, The Springfield Republican reported (http://bit.ly/19zZYnM ).
At a news conference later, Mastroianni thanked state police and Chicopee detectives. He appeared with Police Chief Thomas Charette, who was appointed to the top job in June by Mayor Michael Bissonnette and announced an outside review of the department.
Plasse's family has urged anyone with information about her killing to come forward, and organized memorial events to raise money for youth arts programs to honor her interest in jewelry making and photography.
Bissonnette has been criticized over the photo-sharing by his re-election opponent, former mayor Richard Kos. Bissonnette announced the arrest Tuesday and said it's more important than the election outcome. He said he's happy for Plasse's family and hopes a successful prosecution would bring them some peace.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/