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July 29, 2013

Man tied to Maine slaying found working carnival

BEVERLY — A Maine man wanted on charges of hindering a murder prosecution in that state was found working at a carnival sponsored by the Beverly Education Foundation outside Beverly High School.

Sebastian C. Moody-Dabney, 22, described in court documents as homeless, was working on the Beverly site last Thursday for Cushing Amusements of Wilmington, which had been hired to run the fund-raising carnival.

Beverly police Sgt. David Richardson said Moody-Dabney was identified through a routine background check performed on all carnival workers passing through the city, something the city has been doing for a number of years.

Moody-Dabney was charged locally with being a fugitive from justice. He pleaded not guilty to that charge Friday during his arraignment in Salem District Court, and agreed to waive extradition to Maine.

“I just can’t wait to go back,” he told Judge Matthew Machera, as he was handed a waiver to sign. “I’m going to waive the rights and go back to Maine today.”

The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that Moody-Dabney is one of several men charged in connection with the slaying in April of a man named Romeo Parent, 20, in Lewiston. Moody-Dabney allegedly made misleading statements. Another man has been charged with causing Parent’s death.

The warrant for Moody-Dabney was issued on May 9, shortly after he was indicted on the charge of hindering apprehension or prosecution.

Larry Cushing, who runs the family-owned Cushing Amusements, said the company did a criminal background check on Moody-Dabney when he was hired in April, before police had issued a warrant for him.

“There’s no way we knew this was coming,” Cushing said. “If you do a background check and something happens in the interim, you have no control over that.”

Cushing said he had no trouble with Moody-Dabney, who operated the Dizzy Dragon ride.

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