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Woman says she has no idea how a loaded gun with a defaced serial number wound up in her purse as she entered a courthouse to support her boyfriend at his arraignment on gun charges

A Mattapan woman was ordered today held pending a dangerousness hearing on charges she tried bringing a loaded gun into Suffolk Superior Court this morning, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report.

Following her arrest at one of the security scanners in Suffolk Superior Court, Octavia Kelly, 22, was brought to Boston Municipal Court for arraignment on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, possession of a firearm with a defaced serial number and unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, the DA's office says. Judge John Garland ordered Kelly held without bail pending a January 10 dangerousness hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Daniel Nucci said that at 9:55 a.m. today Boston police and Suffolk Superior Court officers detained Kelly after the courthouse security scanning machines detected a handgun among personal items she placed on the conveyor belt. The gun was inside a clutch-style bag, which was placed inside a shoulder-style bag. A debit card and an EBT card, both in Kelly’s name, were also in the bags.

Kelly told officers she had come to the courthouse to support her boyfriend, Wendell Morris, 33, who was being arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court for firearm charges. She told the officers, "I don't know anything about the gun in my bag."

Morris had bail set at $100,000 at his arraignment this morning on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, second offense, possession of a loaded firearm and possession of a large-capacity feeding device, court records show. A Suffolk Superior Court grand jury had indicted him last month.

Morris was also charged with violating an abuse prevention order. In addition to setting bail, a judge also ordered him to stay away from the Rutherford Avenue address where he was arrested and to not abuse another woman, according to court records.

Innocent, etc.



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You just never know when a gun is going to show up in your purse when going into a courthouse.

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Then it grew legs and crawled in there!

After anonymizing itself, sneaky gun!

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You don't need a permit for a hammer, a saw, a knife or an ax. But guns being the sneakiest of all tools ever created by man is which is why you need permits to own one let alone carry one in Massachusetts.

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Hey Judge.

Not my gun. Not my purse

I found it outside and wanted to turn it in.!

I'm a law abiding citizen!

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everyone knows a clutch is the largest purse style ever made, the Spruce Goose of handbags. Seventies movies were full of tropes of women emptying out their clutch on tables to find their keys while everyone rolled their eyes. Women and their purses, right? A little handgun goes missing in a clutch? No surprise. You could misplace a howitzer and an Ohio-class submarine in those things.

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I carry a small cross-body bag but I do dump it out before jury duty or a plane trip and I have found adjustable wrenches, bike tire irons, and allen wrenches in there.

I think I'd notice a gun more immediately.

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girl coming in strapped to support her boyfriend, who has a 209A order against him from his other girlfriend.

Except for the gun in the purse, a common scenario in the city courts

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