Two Defendants Connected to October Death of Fall River Intellectually Disabled Boy Indicted

Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Thomas M. Quinn III
District Attorney​

March 29, 2021
A Bristol County Grand Jury on Friday indicted two defendants connected to the October, 2020 death of a 14-year-old Fall River boy and the abuse of one of his triplet brothers, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced. 
John Almond, 33, and Jacyln Marie Coleman, 26,​ were both indicted on charges of Second Degree Murder and Neglect of a Disabled Person–Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury.  Jaclyn Marie Coleman was also indicted on a charge of Withholding Evidence From an Official Proceeding.  This indictment relates to the allegation that Ms. Coleman attempted to destroy a cell phone in the presence of police officers.
​At around 7:45 a.m. on October 21st, Fall River Police received a 911 call regarding an unresponsive male at 107 Green Street.  When police arrived on scene, they found David Almond to be covered in feces and living in abhorrent conditions.
David Almond, who suffered from an intelectual disability, was rushed to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.
During the course of the investigation, police and prosecutors also determined that one of David Almond’s triplet brothers, Michael Almond, was the victim of neglect.  On October 21, 2020, he was found in emaciated condition and was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for treatment.

The indictments mean the cases will now be heard in Fall River Superior Court.  An arraignment date has yet to be scheduled by the court.
“The facts and circumstances relating to the indictments are extremely disturbing and egregious.  I want to thank the prosecutors for their efforts in investigating. We look forward to prosecuting these matters in superior court.,” District Attorney Quinn said.
Gregg Miliote
Director of Communications