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SHIRLEY — Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office said court documents regarding Robert Gulla, 19, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, were sealed to protect the investigation and the families involved.

Defense attorney Frances B. Dallmeyer, of Chelmsford, agreed with the decision, said Leone’s spokesman, Jessica Venezia.

“Integrity of the investigation is the most important reason it is impounded,” Venezia said.

State police investigators with Leone’s office are working on the case with the Shirley Police Department and do not want information released by the media before all witnesses are interviewed, she said.

If investigators need corroboration on information and a witness has already read it in the newspapers it would taint the integrity of the information, Venezia said.

“Another (reason) is to make sure premature release of information to the families doesn’t happen,” Venezia said. “We were afraid there would be some information the press might write about that would be upsetting to the family during the mourning period.”

Gulla allegedly stabbed and killed Fitchburg State College freshman Allison Myrick, 19, of Groton, as she visited Gulla at his home at 4 Morin St. Saturday, Jan. 23.

Gulla has been transferred from UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester to Bridgewater State Hospital, said Department of Correction spokeswoman Diane Wiffin.

Gulla’s condition is not being released, Wiffin said.

He had been listed in critical condition while at the medical center where he was arraigned on a murder charge early last week.

Venezia said Gulla used an air rifle to shoot himself after allegedly stabbing Allison Myrick.

He also stabbed himself after stabbing Myrick, police said.

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