Pros­e­cu­tor: Hus­band bought co­caine af­ter mur­der­ing his teacher wife

Pawtucket Times - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

CHELSEA, Mass. (AP) — A man ac­cused of stran­gling and stab­bing his ele­men­tary school teacher wife in­side their home cleaned the mur­der scene with bleach and then went to buy co­caine with the cou­ple's 1-year-old daugh­ter in tow, pros­e­cu­tors said.

An­drew MacCor­mack, 29, pleaded not guilty to mur­der at his ar­raign­ment Wed­nes­day in Chelsea District Court in the death of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCor­mack, a sec­ond­grade teacher at Con­nery Ele­men­tary School in Lynn. He cried as he was or­dered held with­out bail.

She was found dead Satur­day in their Re­vere home. She was stran­gled and had stab wounds on her neck and a trash bag over her head, pros­e­cu­tors said. Some of her teeth had also been knocked out, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice re­port.

"The place smelled of bleach," Suf­folk As­sis­tant District At­tor­ney Ian Polum­baum said dur­ing the ar­raign­ment. "The bed­room had been cleaned, but the ef­forts had not re­moved all of the blood in the room."

Ac­cord­ing to court records, bleach was poured on Vanessa MacCor­mack's body and was used to clean the bath­room and wipe down a TV, ac­cord­ing to the Bos­ton Globe.

A butcher block lo­cated on the kitchen counter was miss­ing a large knife from the set, and there was no sign of a forced en­try into the home, au­thor­i­ties said. An­drew MacCor­mack, a dry­wall in­staller, was ar­rested Tues­day.

Pros­e­cu­tors said the cou­ple was hav­ing fi­nan­cial prob­lems, and Vanessa MacCor­mack had con­fronted her hus­band about his drug use be­fore her death.

Court pa­pers say a co­caine dealer told in­ves­ti­ga­tors An­drew MacCor­mack spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs, the Bos­ton Her­ald re­ported. MacCor­mack's wife threat­ened to con­sult a di­vorce lawyer if he didn't "shape up," pros­e­cu­tors said.

"I hate you so much you've ru­ined (our daugh­ter's) life be­cause she won't have her par­ents to­gether.," Vanessa MacCor­mack wrote in a text mes­sage on Aug. 31, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments. "I'll talk to (agent) to­mor­row about list­ing the house and I'll look into di­vorce lawyers."

"Ur crazy," An­drew MacCor­mack replied, ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments. "I'm not sign­ing any­thing to sell the house or get di­vorced."

Au­thor­i­ties be­lieve the cou­ple's tod­dler daugh­ter was at home at the time of the killing. They al­lege MacCor­mack took the girl with him when he then went to buy $100 worth of co­caine, ac­cord­ing to the Bos­ton Her­ald.

De­fense at­tor­ney John Hayes acknowledges the cou­ple was strug­gling but said they were "hap­pily mar­ried" and had a fu­ture to­gether. He said au­thor­i­ties should look for other sus­pects and noted that his client had never been con­victed of a crime.

"It's very easy to say the hus­band did it. It's easy to fo­cus and turn the lens on one per­son and make in­no­cent things look bad," Hayes said, ac­cord­ing to the Bos­ton Her­ald.

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