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Massachusetts man denies stabbing school teacher wife

  • Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September 
  • Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum claimed that the murder occurred 'following some conflict in the marriage' 
  • Included were financial problems 'suspected drug use, denied by him but confirmed by the investigation
  • He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs
  • Further investigation found that Vanessa had planned to sell their house and was moving towards divorce as Andrew had 'ruined their lives' 
  • Polumbaum added that Vanessa was found face down with significant trauma to both her head and neck
  • She had succumbed to multiple stab wounds to her back and sides of her neck and also had multiple slash wounds to the front of her neck 
  • Vanessa also had broken bones and cartilage inside her neck

By Associated Press and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com

Published: 13:40 EST, 14 November 2017 | Updated: 18:17 EST, 14 November 2017

The husband of a Massachusetts elementary school teacher found strangled and stabbed in the face and neck with a trash bag over her head has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Andrew MacCormack, 29, was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, 30, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September.

Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum claimed, according to WCVB, that the murder occurred 'following some conflict in the marriage.' Included were financial problems 'suspected drug use, denied by him but confirmed by the investigation.'

Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September
Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September
Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September
Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September

Andrew MacCormack was indicted last month in the death of Vanessa MacCormack, who was found dead in their Revere, Massachusetts, home in September

He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs. 

Further investigation found that Vanessa had planned to sell their house and was moving towards divorce as Andrew had 'ruined their lives.' 

Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum claimed that the murder occurred 'following some conflict in the marriage.' Included were financial problems 'suspected drug use, denied by him but confirmed by the investigation
Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum claimed that the murder occurred 'following some conflict in the marriage.' Included were financial problems 'suspected drug use, denied by him but confirmed by the investigation

Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum claimed that the murder occurred 'following some conflict in the marriage.' Included were financial problems 'suspected drug use, denied by him but confirmed by the investigation

According to Polumbaum, Andrew left his home on September 23 around 8.30am and circled a nearby liquor store before returning.

He would go do carpentry at a friend's house in Saugus before meeting up with a person in East Boston to buy cocaine around 2.15pm.

While waiting in a parking lot, Andrew sent text to Vanessa's phone and also contacted her mother. 

The prosecution believes the woman was already dead by then.

While on the phone with Vanessa's mother, Andrew entered the home and said that her keys and car were both there. 

Finding her on the floor, Andrew asked his mother-in-law to call 911, according to Polumbaum. 

And while Vanessa's mother wanted Andrew to conduct CPR, he claimed that she was already dead. 

Polumbaum added that Vanessa was found face down with significant trauma to both her head and neck. 

She had succumbed to multiple stab wounds to her back and sides of her neck and also had multiple slash wounds to the front of her neck. Vanessa also had broken bones and cartilage inside her neck. 

According to the Assistant DA, no signs of forced entry were present and a strong odor of bleach was found inside the home.

He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs
He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs
He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs
He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs

He added that a cocaine dealer told them that Andrew spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs

Further investigation found that Vanessa had planned to sell their house and was moving towards divorce as Andrew had 'ruined their lives.'
Further investigation found that Vanessa had planned to sell their house and was moving towards divorce as Andrew had 'ruined their lives.'

Further investigation found that Vanessa had planned to sell their house and was moving towards divorce as Andrew had 'ruined their lives.'

The woman's body had chemical burns associated with bleach and Andrew told investigators that a rash he had with showing similar signs was allegedly from new detergent. 

But no bleach or containers with such were found on the premises, according to Polumbaum.

However, traces of blood were found on the steering wheel, driver's seat and door of Andrew's car.

She had succumbed to multiple stab wounds to her back and sides of her neck and also had multiple slash wounds to the front of her neck
She had succumbed to multiple stab wounds to her back and sides of her neck and also had multiple slash wounds to the front of her neck
Vanessa also had broken bones and cartilage inside her neck
Vanessa also had broken bones and cartilage inside her neck

Polumbaum added that Vanessa was found face down with significant trauma to both her head and neck

They say MacCormack left the house with their 1-year-old daughter after the killing and went to buy cocaine. The home had been cleaned with bleach.

MacCormack's lawyer says he denies the allegations.

He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Tuesday  

    

  

 

 

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