Mark Elworthy was found not guilty by a six member jury in Massachusetts’ Fitchburg District Court today. Elworthy, formerly a Clinton town selectman and currently a member of the finance committee, came home from dinner one Saturday evening to a nightmare that just ended today, 15 months later.
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According to Worcester MA Telegram & Gazette staff reporter Karen Nugent, “The charge stems from a December 2010 party at Mr. Elworthy’s 62 Highland St., Clinton, home organized by his son, Zachary Elworthy, after a high school super bowl victory.”
Cody Riekstins, who pled the Fifth Amendment at the trial and didn’t testify, had been found beaten and unconscious in the street. He apparently had gotten into a fight when several of the guests objected to the way he physically and verbally treated his date, sister to one of the guests at the party. According to News 7 WHDH, Riekstins said, “There was a lot of booze involved. You mix that with emotions and you get a terrible outcome.”
Elworthy was not present when police arrived although he let them in when they reached him by cellphone. He had been quoted on several news outlets stating he had been out all evening, came home to find the teens drinking and kicked them out. He was unaware of Riekstins’ beating, which was interrupted on the street by a neighbor, more than thirty minutes after Elworthy had ended the party.