Julia Enright Charged In Brutal Murder
Julia Enright was charged in the brutal murder of Brandon Chicklis of Westminster in which his body was found beside a New Hamshire highway. According to early reports police would find Brandon Chicklis blood at Julia Enright parent’s property in Massachusetts. The two reportedly dated for awhile and no known motive has been made public. Julia Enright was featured in a documentary featuring women who were awaiting trial in Massachusetts that I will include below. Julia Enright was arrested in 2019 however due to COVID her trial has been postponed numerous times. Julia Enright trial has started in October 2021. Julia Enright would be convicted of 2nd degree murder
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A 21-year-old Ashburnham woman accused of murdering a former high school classmate was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty Thursday morning in Worcester Superior Court.
Julia Enright of 171 Packard Hill Road, Ashburnham was indicted Dec. 21 on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis of Westminster on or about June 23 in Ashburnham.
Accompanied by her lawyer, Louis M. Badwey, Ms. Enright entered a not-guilty plea at Thursday’s arraignment.
Assistant District Attorney Terry J. McLaughlin told Judge Janet Kenton-Walker that he and Mr. Badwey were in agreement that Julia Enright be held without bail without prejudice, which would allow for a future bail hearing in the case. The judge held Ms. Enright without bail without prejudice and continued her case to Feb. 28.
Mr. Chicklis left his Westminster home June 23 and was reported missing the next day, when he did not arrive at his father’s New Hampshire home. His car was found June 29 at a supermarket in Rindge, N.H. On July 10, a jogger discovered Mr. Chicklis’ body on the side of the road several miles from where the car was located.
Mr. McLaughllin told Judge Kenton-Walker Thursday that the death of Mr. Chicklis was ruled a homicide and that he suffered multiple stab wounds. He said an analysis of the victim’s cellphone led investigators to Ms. Enright’s home and also showed the phone was at that address on June 23.
The prosecutor said Mr. Chicklis’ blood was found in a car belonging to Ms. Enright, a vehicle she told authorities Mr. Chicklis had never been in, and in a tree house adjacent to her family’s property.
He said Julia Enright gave police varying accounts of her activities on June 23 and eventually said she and the victim had spent a good part of the day at her home. According to court records, she told investigators she and Mr. Chicklis had been drinking and that he left to buy drugs and never returned.
Mr. Chicklis and Ms. Enright both graduated in 2015 from Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fitchburg.
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A judge has denied a defense motion to suppress evidence seized by investigators in searches of an Ashburnham murder suspect’s car and house.
The challenged evidence included bloodstains that prosecutors say were found in Julia Enright’s Toyota Prius and linked her to the stabbing death last year of her former high school classmate, 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis of Westminster.
Julia Enright 22, of 171 Packard Hill Road, Ashburnham, is awaiting trial in Worcester Superior Court on a first-degree murder charge in the slaying.
Chicklis left his Westminster home on June 23, 2018, and was reported missing the next day, after he did not arrive at his father’s house in New Hampshire. His car, unlocked and with the keys inside, was found on June 29, 2018, in a Hannaford Supermarket parking lot on Route 202 in Rindge, New Hampshire. His decomposed body, wrapped in blankets and trash bags, was discovered about six miles away, on the side of Route 119 in Rindge, on July 10, 2018.
He had suffered multiple stab wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.
As part of their investigation, state police detectives obtained call detail records for the victim’s cellphone, which revealed that Chicklis had been at 171 Packard Hill Road in Ashburnham from 11:30 a.m. through 3 p.m. on June 23, 2018. There was no further activity on the phone after that date.
On July 13, 2018, during questioning by police, Julia Enright gave varying accounts of what occurred on June 23, 2018, ultimately admitting that Chicklis had been to her house that day, according to court records. She related that she and Chicklis smoked marijuana and drank alcohol on the day in question and were intimate in his car, according to court records. She further stated that Chicklis left to buy cocaine and never returned, the records show.
Enright reportedly told police that she and Chicklis dated and had a sexual relationship when they were in high school and that they had recently been communicating “off and on.”
Her car was seized by police on July 13, 2018, after she drove herself to the Ashburnham police station at the request of investigators. The seizure came after Trooper Shawn Murphy said he walked around the Prius looking for any dents or damage and saw red or brown stains on the floor mat behind the driver’s seat that he believed could be blood. A briefcase or computer bag was also seen in the backseat.
Police later obtained a search warrant for the vehicle. A cutting was taken from one of the stains on the floor mat, after a confirmatory test for blood was positive, and the cutting was sent for DNA processing. The genetic profile generated from the bloodstain was consistent with Chicklis’ DNA profile, according to court records.
A laptop computer that was in the car was seized.
Enright’s lawyer, Louis M. Badwey, filed a motion to suppress evidence obtained as a result of the seizure of the car, as well as a consent search of Enright’s home. The defense lawyer contended the seizure of the vehicle was not legally justified because the requirements for a plain view seizure had not been met and and that the consent to search Enright’s bedroom that was given by Enright and her father, John, was conditional on Enright being present during the search.
Regarding the seizure of the car, Badwey maintained it would have been impossible for Trooper Murphy to see the the stains from outside the Prius as he testified during an Aug. 26 hearing on the motion.
Judge Jane E. Mulqueen denied the motion in a nine-page ruling issued Oct. 11.
According to court records, the search of the bedroom turned up what Trooper Matthew Prescott described as “numerous documents, notebooks and business cards with Julia’s picture on it which indicated that Julia is a ‘dominatrix’ and participated in activities related to ‘BDSM’ with persons that met her and paid for these services.” A dominatrix is a woman who subjects her masochistic sexual partner or partners to bondage or the infliction of ritualistic punishments.
Notes detailing Enright’s relationship with Chicklis were also found, according to an affidavit authored by Prescott. She allegedly wrote that her relationship with Chicklis was “Damn near therapeutic” and “nearly a kismesis.”
“I can be mean and rude to him or kind and he’ll initiate a warm hug and invite me back soon after,” one of the notes found allegedly stated.
Ms. Enright also wrote in a notebook about her fantasy of killing someone, according to Prescott’s affidavit.
“She wrote, ‘I daydream about it on occasion. I just have this insatiable curiosity to kill a person.’ The note indicated that she wanted to cure the world of overpopulation. Julia was asked about the notes and she acknowledged writing them, however she attributed them to a creative writing class,” Prescott said in his affidavit.
Mulqueen ruled that the police observations of suspected bloodstains in the back of Enright’s car, coupled with the knowledge that Chicklis’ last known location was at her house and that he had been stabbed multiple times, provided probable cause to search the vehicle. She said she credited the testimony of Murphy and other investigators that they were able to view the stains from outside of the car.
The judge further found that the evidence elicited at the hearing on the motion did not support the defendant’s argument that both she and her father placed limitations on their consent to search her bedroom. John Enright’s written consent contained no limitations, according to Mulqueen’s ruling, and Enright’s comments to police about her needing to “be there” were “clearly an expression that she needed to be in the house and her bedroom to take a shower and get ready to leave for New York” and were “not intended as a limitation on her consent to search her room,” Mulqueen wrote.
Prosecutors have said that Chicklis’ blood was also found in a treehouse adjacent to the Enright property. According to Prescott’s affidavit, the treehouse appeared to have been recently cleaned when it was examined by police on July 14, 2018. “There appeared to be a new piece of carpeting on the floor and handles attached to the walls near all four corners low to the floor, presumably used to attach restraint devices,” Prescott wrote.
The neighbor who owned the property where the treehouse was located told investigators she had been in the treehouse in April 2018. She said she planned to clean it out for use by her children and removed the carpeting that was present. She also said she saw no handles in the treehouse at that time.
When questioned by police, Enright’s boyfriend, John Lind, said he and Enright had spent time in the treehouse in recent months and that they would cut each other there and smear blood over each other’s bodies, according to Prescott’s affidavit. Lind related that the treehouse needed to be cleaned because he had defecated in it during sexual activity with Enright, the affidavit states.
Investigators said they found a receipt from Home Depot for a piece of carpeting purchased on June 26, 2018. “The video and transaction data was obtained from Home Depot and it shows Julia Enright purchasing the carpeting. She appeared to be alone,” Prescott wrote.
Julia Enright, who has pleaded not guilty, remains in custody without bail. A trial date has not been set in her case.
She is due to return to court Dec. 17.
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The boyfriend of Julia Enright, an Ashburnham woman accused of murdering an ex-classmate in 2018, told a judge Monday he intends to invoke the Fifth Amendment on most questions prosecutors seek to ask at trial.
The man, John Lind, told Worcester Superior Court Judge Daniel M. Wrenn he would only answer questions about his work and school background if called to the stand.
Lind, who has not been charged with a crime, allegedly told investigators that carpeting Enright purchased several days after the murder was needed because of defecation that took place during a sex act between the two.
Prosecutors allege Julia Enright actually purchased carpeting to cover up traces of blood in a treehouse where she murdered 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis of Westminster on June 23, 2018
They allege Julia Enright, a phlebotomist who allegedly had a side business as a dominatrix, lured Chicklis to a treehouse near her home and murdered him to satisfy a growing urge to kill.
Chicklis’ body was found wrapped in trash bags and blankets on the side of Route 119 in Rindge, New Hampshire, July 10, 2018, about two weeks after he was last seen alive.
Assistant District Attorney Terry J. McLaughlin read off a long list of questions in court Monday that he would like to ask Lind, including where he was on June 23.
McLaughlin indicated to Wrenn that Enright had texted Lind around the time of the alleged killing and told him there could be a “surprise.”
He also said the two had discussed “bloodplay” in a sexual context and have talked extensively in jailhouse recordings.
Wrenn, after conducting a hearing with Lind and speaking to his lawyer at sidebar, ruled that he had a valid Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination as to most of the areas of questioning.
Wrenn said he would reserve a ruling on questions about jailhouse calls until Lind’s lawyer, Kevin Larson, had a chance to listen to the calls in question and advise his client.
Monday’s proceedings were the continuation of lengthy pretrial proceedings that will determine how much evidence of “deviant’ activities and thoughts jurors should hear about Enright at her Nov. 8 trial.
Julia Enright who was 21 at the time of the killing, was a phlebotomist with a side business as a dominatrix, prosecutors have said. She allegedly journaled about an “insatiable curiosity” of killing someone, as well as about her sexual proclivities and other topics prosecutors argue jurors should hear.
Entries discussed Monday include one McLaughlin said Enright wrote about a failed plot to get pregnant and have an abortion in order to bring the fetus home.
Julia Enright had a fixation with bones, McLaughlin said — she would decay dead animals in bags to use their bones as art — and journaled about a desire to obtain bones of a fetus.
According to McLaughlin, Julia Enright got pregnant and had an abortion at Planned Parenthood, but failed at attempts to “bribe” the organization to give her the remains.
The abortion, McLaughlin said, occurred just eight days before the murder. He told Wrenn that prosecutors believe the failed plot is relevant to Enright’s state of mind — and possibly motive — prior to her alleged crime.
nright’s lawyer, Louis M. Badwey, disagreed, saying prosecutors have no evidence linking the abortion plot to Chicklis’ murder.
The aborted fetus was not Chicklis’, Badwey said, and referencing the episode would be unfairly prejudicial to Enright.
Julia Enright at the defense table Monday — argued that Wrenn should not admit large swaths of evidence the prosecution is seeking to offer.
McLaughlin has sought to introduce evidence that shows Julia Enright had a fascination with death, an interest in dissecting animals and sexual interests that involved cutting and “bloodplay.”
Badwey argued there is no evidence that Chicklis — who Enright dated in high school — was interested in such things. He said the evidence indicates that Chicklis was a young man who had been trying to rekindle his relationship with Enright, not a person with interest in her alternative sexual practices.
McLaughlin argued that Enright’s journal entries speak to motive and her state of mind around the time of the murder. On the subject of cutting, he noted that Chicklis had been stabbed as many as 13 times.
Another point of disagreement was a journal entry in which Julia Enright allegedly wrote that she wanted to “murder and hide in the woods.”
Badwey, after consulting with Julia Enright, said it was his understanding the entry was written in 2016 at a time in which the woman was upset with her father and a prior boyfriend.
“Both this fellow and her father are still alive,” Badwey said, again arguing inclusion would be unfair
Also unfair, Badwey argued, would be videos the prosecution is trying to offer showing Enright cutting up animals, including a deer, and “playing with” their insides.
Badwey argued any interest in biology or taxidermy Enright had is irrelevant to the case because, he said, Chicklis’ body was not found “disemboweled.”
At one point in her journal, lawyers said Monday, Enright wrote that while she wished to murder a person, she would “never” look to kill an animal unless it was for mercy.
Other journal entries discussed Monday related to Enright’s psychological status.
In some of the writings, lawyers said, Enright discussed self-diagnosing herself as a sociopath or with some other condition — evidence McLaughlin argued could be relevant depending on the results of ongoing psychological examinations.
Julia Enright was scheduled to be examined Monday by a psychiatrist for the prosecution. Wrenn and the lawyers have said rulings regarding evidence could be influenced by the findings, and by the kind of testimony the defense elects to offer on the subject of mental health.
Badwey has argued for a cautious approach in which Wrenn excludes evidence before trial, and then potentially admits it should it be deemed relevant during the proceedings.
Arguments regarding evidence are expected to continue later this week. Aside from the journal entries, prosecutors have several key pieces of evidence, including DNA matches for Chicklis’ blood in the treehouse and in Enright’s car.
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Julia Enright was found guilty of second-degree murder Monday in the 2018 killing of a man in Massachusetts.
The verdict was announced around 11 a.m. Monday in Worcester Superior Court after roughly two days of deliberations. The case had gone to the jury on Nov. 23 following 10 days of testimony.
Enright is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 18.
Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said she will be given a life sentence with the possibility of parole. He also said his office hasn’t ruled out charging an accomplice in this case.
Enright, 24, was accused of luring 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis to a treehouse near her Ashburnham home to kill him. Prosecutors said it was a gruesome gift for her boyfriend, with whom she shared dark passions.
She admitted to stabbing Chicklis several times, but said it was in self-defense after Chicklis sexually assaulted her.
Prosecutors pointed to her time as a professional dominatrix, as well as entries in her journal, where she wrote, “I have an insatiable curiosity to kill a person,” and mentioned a fascination with death, using the skeletons of dead animals to build what she called “bone art.”
Prosecutors also brought up text messages to her boyfriend before the killing, asking, “Do you think we could add bubbles to a blood bath?”
Enright told the jury all of that was fantasy, an attempt to seem dark and foreboding. She said she did intend to have sex with Chicklis that day, but changed her mind, and he tried to force her.
In one journal entry, Enright wrote about her disappointment that her boyfriend didn’t seem to like her “gift.” Prosecutors said that gift was killing Chicklis, but she said the gift was a skeleton stolen from a crypt.
Enright and her boyfriend wrapped Chicklis’ body in a tarp and duct tape, and dumped it in Rindge, New Hampshire. It was found a few weeks later
Investigators said Julia Enright killed Chicklis by a treehouse near her home in Ashburnham, which police were able to trace from the victim’s cell phone records.
Chicklis’ blood was found on the stairs to the treehouse, inside it and under it.
A family member of Chicklis told NBC10 Boston that Enright and Chicklis once dated and remained friends even after breaking up. Prosecutors said the two had been classmates at Montachusett Regional Vocational High School in Fitchburg.
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Julia Enright, 24, was sentenced to the maximum penalty under Massachusetts law on Friday for the 2018 murder of 20-year-old Brandon Chicklis, a former classmate and boyfriend.
Worcester Superior Court Judge Daniel Wrenn sentenced the defendant to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years after hearing victim impact statements from nine of Chicklis’s family and friends, according to MassLive’s court reporter Erin Tiernan.
One after another, each of the nine described the hole that was left in their lives following the young man’s brutal murder. And, in turn, each asked for the judge to return the harshest penalty against Enright.
Chicklis’s mother, Trisha Edwards-Lamarche, explained her grim and daily predicament, according to reports from the courtroom.
“Every day when drive to work, I get to choose: Do I drive by where she dumped my son’s body today, or do I drive by where she dumped his car?” the grieving mother told the judge.
“I love you Brandon, you’ll always be my bumble bee,” the deceased man’s grandmother, Louisa Rocha, said in court.
Chicklis was stabbed at least 10 times inside the Enright family’s Ashburnam, Mass. treehouse on June 23, 2018, the trial revealed. His body was found by a jogger on July 10, 2018 on the side of Route 119 in Rindge, New Hampshire, a town just across the state line from Massachusetts. The corpse was in an advanced state of decomposition by the time it was discovered — which became a key point of discussion during the trial due to Enright’s uncontested fixation with dead animals, decomposition, and death, in general
During trial, one witness reportedly testified the defendant would occasionally try to speed up a dead animal’s decomposition by leaving its body out in the elements and wrapped up in a tarp. Prosecutors tried to use the testimony to suggest a parallel to how Chicklis may have been treated.
In her defense, Enright told jurors her occult-adjacent interests were a side effect of her then-obsession with shock rocker Marilyn Manson.
The trial also featured some focus on the defendant’s side business as a dominatrix – much to the defense’s chagrin and prior protestations.
Enright herself lodged an unsuccessful claim that she killed Chicklis in self-defense in response to an alleged attempted sexual assault in the treehouse. Jurors didn’t accept that version of the story.
Prosecutors argued the slaying was a “gift” for John Lind, the defendant’s then-boyfriend. Lind was indicted by a Worcester County Grand Jury for accessory after the fact to murder, misleading a grand jury, and perjury earlier this year. Originally charged in December of last year, he is alleged to have shared many of the same macabre interests as the convicted woman.
Lind first made waves in the case months prior.
In October 2021, Lind pleaded the fifth during one of Enright’s pre-trial evidentiary hearings when asked to account for what, exactly, moved his girlfriend to replace part of the carpet in the treehouse. Previously, he allegedly told police the textile had been replaced due to a sex act between the two that resulted in damage from human feces
Evidence later suggested there was never any carpet in the treehouse before the murder at all. And, in the area where the carpet had allegedly been replaced, investigators found Chicklis’s blood and DNA.
“His DNA is in your treehouse,” a state trooper told Enright during her second interview with the Massachusetts State Police on the day she was arrested. “How could his DNA, his blood, be in your treehouse?”
She got up and tried to leave at that point but, from that point on, would remain in the custody of law enforcement.
As for Lind, during trial she testified he helped her get rid of the body.
“There is not a day that goes by that don’t think about this or don’t wish I could go back,” Enright said in a bid to lessen her sentence. “Maybe you need to hear me say this: I’m sorry to everyone. His parents, his siblings, his loved ones, my parents, friends, everyone.”
According to MassLive, she never said her victim’s name and only turned to slightly address his family in court on Friday.
“I want you to know how much I’ve thought about everything,” she continued. “I need you to know I mean it. I need you to know that every night I pray for my family. I’m praying for yours too.”
“I won’t lie and pretend like being with my family and loved ones isn’t the only thing I want,” she went on
But her plea for mercy fell flat.
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