Dad of slain Mass. boy fights killer's name change
BROCKTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- Convicted killer Charles Jaynes told a judge in a Brockton court Tuesday he wants to change his name due to religious reasons.
Jaynes is spending life in prison for the murder of a 10-year-old Cambridge boy.
Robert Curley, the father of the boy who was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and killed, was in court to protest Jaynes’ name change request.
“He’s a con man. He’s dangerous. I mean, Charles Jaynes is the face of evil. He’s as bad as they come,” Curley said.
Jaynes, now 37, asked a Plymouth County probate judge to approve a name change.
“My old human name belongs to and reflects a reference for a white slave master who purchased my ancestors,” Jaynes said.
In court papers, Jaynes says he wants to change his name to Manasseh-Invictus Auric Thutmose V, in line with his conversion to the Wiccan religion. Wiccan leaders have distanced themselves from Jaynes.
Jaynes was convicted of second-degree murder and kidnapping in the case and is currently in a state prison in Bridgewater.
Co-defendant Salvatore Sicari testified they lured Jeffrey Curley into Jaynes’ Cadillac with the promise of a new bike. Jaynes then smothered him with a gasoline-soaked rag when the boy fought of Jaynes’ attempts to molest him.
Jaynes will be eligible for parole in nine years because he was not convicted of first-degree murder.
“We think he’s going to get out of jail on parole some day and this is all geared to him getting out of jail,” said Curley.
“For me to get paroled, I would have to lie and admit to a murder I didn’t commit. And without me lying to the parole board, they’re not going to give me a parole. So I’m going to spend the rest of my life in prison,” Jaynes said in court.
The judge said she will announce her decision within 30 days.