Massachusetts Man Charged With Murder in Wife's Death

A Grafton, Massachusetts, man whose wife was found dead in a bedroom of their home is now facing a murder charge. 

Michael Sugarman was held without bail after a plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf at his arraignment Thursday. 

His wife, 36-year-old Kelly Sugarman, was found dead on April 12 after the couple's 5-year-old daughter was seen wandering around the neighborhood in her pajamas and saying her mom was sick. Michael Sugarman was also found in the home with a knife in his neck.

The 42-year-old man was initially charged with assault and battery.

His lawyer, Janice Bassil, says her client is severely mentally ill and incompetent to stand trial. She says jail officials have asked that he be transferred to a state hospital for the mentally ill.

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