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Stoughton Man Indicted in Wife’s Murder

Ilton Rodrigues, 48, entered a plea of not guilty to the murder of his wife, 43-year-old Telma Bras

A Massachusetts man has been indicted on murder charges in the death of his wife.

Ilton Rodrigues of Stoughton allegedly stabbed his wife to death in their home on May 4. He was arraigned last month from a hospital room.

Friday, the Norfolk County District Attorney's Office confirmed that a grand jury had indicted Rodrigues.

Previolusly, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it planned to remove Rodrigues, a Brazilian citizen, pending the outcome of the charges against him.

According to prosecutors, Rodrigues allegedly stabbed his wife before trying to take his own life. The couple's 17-year-old daughter called a family member during the incident, who then called police.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Blair said when police arrived at the couple's Bennett Drive apartment at about 11:30 p.m., a knife was still protruding from his body.

Stoughton Police Chief Donna McNamara called the scene "extremely violent."

Authorities said neither the couple's teenage daughter nor their 7-year-old son were hurt.

Rodrigues was taken to Boston Medical Center for treatment of his injuries, where he underwent surgery.

The investigation is being handled by Stoughton police and Massachusetts State Police detectives assigned to the Norfolk District Attorney's Office.

Rodrigues is represented by attorney Joseph Krowski.

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