LOWELL -- A former hospice nurse is facing a bevy of charges after her lawyer said she couldn't deal with the demise of her 15-year romantic relationship.

In Lowell District Court on Thursday, Elizabeth Mello, 44, of Dracut, pleaded not guilty to charges including threats and violation of a restraining order. Mello also has a pending case, in which her charges include breaking and entering, and assault and battery.

All the cases involved the same alleged victim.

Prosecutor Christopher Minue sought a total of $1,500 cash bail on the new cases and asked Judge Antoinette Leoney to revoke Mello's bail on the pending case, saying Mello continues to "terrorize'' the victim.

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But defense attorney David O'Mahoney said Mello and the alleged victim had a 15-year relationship and were planning their wedding just prior to the first case.

"They hit a rough patch,'' O'Mahoney said of the couple.

O'Mahoney said Mello, a former hospice nurse, suffered from problems with depression and a sleep disorder.

"She has had a rough time of it,'' O'Mahoney said, "Their 15-year relationship fell apart.''

O'Mahoney stressed that Mello now understands her relationship with the alleged victim is over.

The judge ordered Mello be held on $1,500 cash bail, but refused to revoke her bail on the pending case.


Instead, if Mello can post bail she can be released on home confinement, wear a GPS device, abstain from alcohol and drugs, submit to random screens, and have no contact and stay away from the alleged victim. A trial on the pending case is scheduled for Dec. 17.

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