Cell phone records, blood found in treehouse lead to arrest in Chicklis murder case

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

  • Julia R. Enright, 21, of Ashburnham, Mass., was arraigned on a charge of murder in Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., Tuesday afternoon. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 7/25/2018 7:55:14 AM

On the day Brandon Chicklis would have turned 21 years old, an Ashburnham, Mass., woman was arraigned in the Winchendon District Court in Gardner, Mass., on one charge of murder for allegedly killing him.

Julia R. Enright, 21, was arrested Monday night and arraigned in court Tuesday after a thorough investigation, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said outside of the courthouse before the arraignment Tuesday.

The investigation began, he said, with New Hampshire State Police and Attorney General’s office when Chicklis’ body was found in a wooded area off Route 119 in Rindge on July 10.

“It is believed that Mr. Chicklis, who would have turned 21 years old today, was killed in Ashburnham. And his body was taken to New Hampshire and left by the side of Route 119 where his body was later discovered by a jogger,” Early said.

Chicklis and Enright had been classmates at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and knew each other, according to Early.

But it was his cell phone records that brought investigators to her Packard Hill Road home, where Chicklis’ blood was found in a nearby treehouse as well as her vehicle, according to investigators.

“Mr. Chicklis’ cell phone records placed him at 171 Packard Hill Road in Ashburnham, Mass., on June the 23,” Early said.

Several search warrants were executed at the Packard Hill Road address and evidence was gathered, he said. Monday night, after conducting several interviews, state police assigned to the Worcester County Attorney’s office and Ashburnham police arrested Enright.

Chicklis, 20, of Westminster, Mass., had been missing since June 23.

“On June 23, Brandon Chicklis left his home in Westminster, Massachusetts,” Early said. “On June 24 his family members reported him as missing. On June 29, his car was discovered in the parking lot of a Hannaford supermarket on Route 202 in Rindge, New Hampshire. On July 10, his body was found on the side of Route 119 in Rindge, about six miles from the supermarket.”

The location of his body is also about six miles from Enright’s home in Ashburnham. The scenic drive through rural Ashburnham and Rindge from Packard Hill Road includes Lake Road, East Rindge Road and finally Old Ashburnham Road that meets with Route 119 in Rindge, directly opposite East Main Street. New Hampshire investigators said the body was found off Route 119 between East Main Street and North Street.

The distraught family members of Chicklis were guided to a front row in the seating area of the courtroom Tuesday, with the help of a victim’s advocate just before the brief hearing held Tuesday afternoon.

Enright appeared, but did not speak during the hearing.

Assistant District Attorney Terry McLaughlin addressed the judge during the arraignment.

“A New Hampshire medical examiner observed numerous wounds and ruled it a death by homicide,” McLaughlin said.

Investigators then obtained Chicklis’ cell phone records, which told investigators Chicklis had been at 171 Packard Hill Road in Ashburnham on June 23 and that there had been no further cell phone activity after that date, indicating that the phone had either been turned off or destroyed at that location.

Enright, a resident of the property, told police she made plans to meet Chicklis at her home on June 23, McLaughlin said. She told police she spent June 23 with Chicklis, drinking alcohol, then Chicklis left to purchase narcotics and never returned. Her statements to police and Chicklis’ cell phones records led to a search of the property. During the search numerous items were taken from a treehouse near the property.

On Monday lab results determined Chicklis’ blood was present on the stairs leading into the treehouse, on the inside of the treehouse, under the treehouse and in Julia Enright’s vehicle, according to her arrest affidavit on file at the courthouse in Gardner, Mass.

“It was apparent that the treehouse had recently been cleaned and a new rug had been placed on the floor. When the rug was removed, it appeared that blood had seeped down through the floorboards. Enright made statements acknowledging visiting the treehouse with friends in the past, however she denied being in the treehouse or her vehicle with Brandon Chicklis on June 23, 2018,” according to the affidavit.

Police allege in the affidavit Enright assaulted Chicklis on June 23 with the intent to murder him.

Winchendon District Court Judge Arthur F. Haley ordered Enright held without bail at her arraignment and continued her case to Aug. 29.

Paul Jarvey, Deputy Director of Communications at the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, said the office would not be releasing any more information about the case at this time. He said the investigation is ongoing and declined to answer questions regarding whether there are additional suspects or whether investigators have a theory about how Chicklis’ car ended up at the Hannaford parking lot.


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