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A Massachusetts Woman Got a Restraining Order. Two Days Later, She Was Beaten to Death with a Baseball Bat, Cops Say.

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Jul. 18 2023, Published 1:07 p.m. ET

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A man in Massachusetts has been charged in connection with the alleged beating death of his wife inside their home, according to authorities.

Around 8:20 p.m. on July 15, officers responded to a 911 call regarding an ongoing assault inside a home in Newton, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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At the scene, police found 54-year-old Nancy Hanson suffering from apparent blunt force injuries, officials said.

She was taken to a local hospital, where she died.

Investigators believe her husband, 64-year-old Richard Hanson, hit her multiple times with one or more objects, including a baseball bat, authorities said.

An autopsy was completed and determined the rule of death was homicide and the cause was blunt force trauma.

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On July 13, the Newton District Court issued a restraining order against Hanson, but police were still attempting to serve it.

Hanson was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, officials said.

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He is being held without bail pending his arraignment.

"I know I speak for everyone in Newton when I say my heart goes out to the woman’s family and friends," Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said in a statement. “The woman who was murdered appears to be the victim of domestic violence."

She added: "The victim’s husband was arrested at the scene by Newton police officers after responding to a 911 call and he remains in the custody of the Newton Police Department.”


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