DEDHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -
A man charged in connection with the disappearance of an Avon man was led away from court Monday after his arraignment.
Scott Morrison was accused of kidnapping James Robertson of Avon.
Robertson's parents and other relatives showed up in court in hopes of seeing the man accused of taking their son, but the judge let Morrison waive his appearance.
"Identification is at issue on both sides. That lineup has been conducted, and I can represent to the court that based on that lineup, identification remains an issue," said Edward McCormick, Morrison's defense attorney.
McCormick argued his client was not one of the two men seen driving Robertson away from his Avon home on New Year's Day as his parents looked on.
A Dedham police officer was arrested last week and accused of helping the two kidnappers, providing them with a badge, holster, and other items.
Morrison's lawyer did not want his client seen in court and said it might harm the case for either side.
"As the judge said, it's in everyone's best interest to have this issue preserved and not unduly tainted before it has to be litigated," McCormick said.
McCormick also said he was skeptical of reported comments that the other alleged kidnapper has made putting both of them in the car.
Robertson's relatives said they thought it was a woman who tied their son to the alleged mastermind of the kidnapping.