The trial of a Quincy man charged with punching and stomping another man to death in the Home Ice Sports Bar in 2015 started Thursday.
Witnesses gave gripping testimony on Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of 44-year-old Paul Fahey, accused of punching and stomping on 42-year-old Keith Bourdreau’s head inside the bar two years ago. Boudreau died from his injuries.
"He stomped," testified witness Kerri Berry, slamming her hand on the witness stand to demonstrated the sound.
Bartender Kerri Berry testified that Fahey and his girlfriend were seated at the bar when Boudreau and his girlfriend came in, had a beer, got into an argument and left – with Boudreau returning a short time later looking for his girlfriend.
That's when Berry says Fahey got up and punched Boudreau in the head, unprovoked.
"Paul said something about Keith staring at him and that he was sick of the junkies in Quincy," Berry said.
"He landed right behind my bar stool. His head hit the ground," testified bar patron Keith Anderson.
Anderson showed jurors what Fahey allegedly did next.
"He had a running start and just stomped him in the head," Anderson said.
Witnesses in newly released surveillance video from outside the bar moments after the assault testified that Fahey, in a black hoodie, came outside bragging about what he had just done, using punching and stomping motions to demonstrate.
"A guy [was] staring at him, and I don't know what happened, it angered him and he punched him," testified Patrick Dugan, a witness outside the bar.
Outside court, the suspect's nephew defended him, saying, "My uncle's a great guy."
When asked, "Did he do this?" Fahey's nephew replied, "No."
Witnesses testified that the suspect and the bar's owner dragged Boudreau outside and told first responders he was intoxicated – leaving out the assault. The defense is expected to say Fahey was acting in self-defense when he hit Bourdreau.