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Published: 9/10/2019 10:54:36 PM
Trial of man charged with strangling wife underway

SALEM — The trial of a man police say strangled his estranged wife in her apartment three years ago has started.

Douglas Steeves Jr., of Salem, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 48-year-old Carmela Saunders.

The 53-year-old Steeves allegedly went to police in August 2016 where he told detectives he had just strangled his wife.

The Salem News reports jury selection in Steeves’ trial began Monday. Opening statements are expected Wednesday.

Steeves’ attorney, Raymond Buso, says his client’s actions were brought on in the “heat of passion” after answering a call from a man who had started seeing Saunders and he’s guilty of no more than manslaughter.

Court papers have revealed prior allegations of domestic violence dating to 1994.

Man charged with throwing girl into lake faces March trial

WORCESTER — A man charged with throwing his friend’s 7-year-old daughter off a bridge and into a lake is scheduled to go on trial in March.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that 37-year-old Joshua Hubert’s trial on attempted murder and other charges has been scheduled for March 30.

Prosecutors say Hubert attended a cookout with the girl’s family in Worcester on Aug. 26, 2017.

They say he kidnapped the girl early in the morning hours of Aug. 27, choked her, and threw her off an Interstate 290 overpass into Lake Quinsigamond.

The girl swam about 100 yards to shore and sought help at a home.

Hubert was freed on $50,000 bail in March 2018. His attorney said his client denies the charges.

From Associated Press

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