Last weekend, Margarette Mady, of Norwich, was celebrating with loved ones at a baby shower held in her honor. She was expecting a baby girl next month.
On Thursday, emergency crews found the 37-year-old suffering from several stab wounds in her burning home on Thursday and her husband is set to face a judge on Friday to answer to murder and first-degree arson charges.
The fire broke out in a bedroom of 283-285 Franklin St. at 10:49 a.m. on Thursday, officials said, and authorities found the 37-year-old woman with severe burns and several stab wounds when they responded.
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She was unconscious and police said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around the same time, her husband, Patrick Antoine, 39, turned himself in to police and told officers he had stabbed his wife to death and then set their apartment ablaze, Norwich Police said.
Relatives on Friday said the couple had been together for around five years and married in Haiti.
Neighbors and friends said Mady, the mother of a son and daughter, was friendly and an active Jehovah’s Witness who went to church when she could.
They described Antoine as quiet, but friendly, and police said there was no history of domestic violence calls to the house.
Antoine is being charged with murder and first-degree arson and bond was set at $1 million.