A Massachusetts man has been indicted in connection with the murder of his wife, a beloved teacher, back in September.
Andrew MacCormack was indicted on a first-degree murder charge by a Suffolk County grand jury on Tuesday, the district attorney's office announced Thursday.
The 29-year-old man is accused of murdering his wife, Vanessa MacCormack, who was a second grade teacher at an elementary school in Lynn, at their home in Revere.
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He has been held without bail since his arraignment in late September, days after his 30-year-old wife was found beaten, stabbed and strangled in their Grand View Avenue residence.
Investigators said Andrew MacCormack had been spending hundreds of dollars on drugs every week, and that his wife had found out, threatening to consult a divorce attorney if he didn't "shape up."
MacCormack allegedly responded back, "Ur crazy, I will never sign anything."
Prosecutors said MacCormack murdered his wife on Sept. 23, hours before going to Saugus for a carpentry job, where he brought their 1-year-old daughter with him. Authorities have said they believe the child was home at the time of her mother's murder.
Defense attorney John Hayes previously told NBC Boston his client denies killing Vanessa MacCormack, saying the couple was struggling but was going to "look forward to a life together."
Neighbors and Vanessa MacCormack's coworkers at Connery Elementary School were shocked by her violent death.
"Vanessa was loved by students, parents, and colleagues," Dr. Mary Dill, principal at Connery, said in a statement. "She was involved in every aspect of the school and a great friend to everyone on staff."
MacCormack is due back in court to face the first-degree murder charge on Nov. 14.