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Belchertown man must turn over cellphone passcode in connection with 2017 crash

The 2017 crash took the life of Amherst blogger Larry Kelley

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AMHERST — Nearly a year after a car crash that took the life of Amherst blogger Larry Kelley, a judge has ruled a man charged with motor vehicle homicide in connection with the incident must turn over his cellphone passcode.

Belchertown man Ryan Fellion, 19, faces a charge of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation and other charges related to the crash, Northwestern District Attorney spokeswoman Mary Carey said in an email on Wednesday. Judge Michael Mulcahy ruled in favor of a motion to compel Fellion to reveal his cellphone passcode.

“Police took custody of his cellphone but were unable to access the contents due to encryption requiring a passcode. Mulcahy ruled that the defendant must give his cellphone passcode to Massachusetts State Police investigators so that they can complete a search warrant on his cellphone,” Carey said in the email. “Mulcahy denied a defense motion to suppress the seizure and search of the phone.”

The crash occurred on Route 9 in Belchertown on the afternoon of Feb. 17, 2017, near 299 Federal St. At the time of his death, Kelley was a well-known blogger who covered the town of Amherst on his blog, Only in the Republic of Amherst. He previously owned a mixed martial arts studio in South Amherst. Kelley was 62 at the time of his death and left behind two school-age daughters. Fellion is due in Eastern Hampshire District Court on Friday at 8:30 a.m. for a pre-trial hearing, Carey said.

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