NORTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Weymouth man accused of killing his estranged wife Wednesday night faced a judge on Thursday.
Police said Martin McDonald was arrested following a crash on Route 495 and charged with the murder of 34-year-old Julie Meede.
McDonald, 35, was arraigned Thursday and ordered held without bail, according to the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.
The DA’s office said McDonald will now be transported to Bridgewater State Hospital for a mental health evaluation.
Police received a report of a woman being stabbed at a home on Holmes Street at about 7:25 p.m. Wednesday and arrived on scene to find the victim unresponsive. Meede was rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
About a minute after the 911 call, DA Quinn said state police received a report of a two-vehicle crash on Route 495, just south of the Route 123 interchange. The preliminary investigation revealed a pickup truck traveling southbound crossed the grass median and struck another vehicle head-on.
The driver of the second vehicle, a 30-year-old woman from Smithfield, was transported to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries. and has since been treated and released, according to the DA’s office.
The driver of the truck, identified as McDonald, was later arrested and charged with Meede’s murder.
Both the murder and the crash remain under investigation.
McDonald is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on March 2.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect donations for Meede’s family.
DA Quinn urged the victims of any crime, including domestic violence, to call 911 in an emergency. SafeLink, a statewide Domestic Violence Hotline, can be reached at 877-785-2020. SafeLink is answered by trained advocates 24 hours a day in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, as well as TTY at 877-521-2601. It also has the capacity to provide multilingual translation in more than 140 languages.