- Update on Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is in the process of having tests taken in an Irish hospital to find out what's causing bleeding ulcers, according to Tom Beatty, Kelly's attorney in the civil lawsuit against the former Lockeford priest.
Kelly sent a letter to Stockton Bishop Stephen BlaIre dated Sunday that he would be in Ireland by the time the bishop received the letter. Kelly said he left due to physical and emotional issues he was enduring.
"I believe (Kelly) is so devastated and broken that it is all he could think of to do," Beatty said in an email. "He told me he wants to die in the arms of his family."
Beatty added that he has no information that Kelly is critically ill or facing death.
Beatty, who said he talked to Kelly by phone this week, described Kelly as "a broken man" after being held liable of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old alter boy in the mid-1980s.
— Ross Farrow
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am
Now that Michael Kelly has left the United States for his native Ireland and is not expected to return in the near future, attorneys are relying on other witnesses to piece together the second phase of Kelly's sexual abuse trial.
San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt on Wednesday told jurors that if they believe that Kelly left the country with the intent to suppress evidence, they have the right to distrust or completely disbelieve anything Kelly said in deposition.
Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:00 am.