East Providence murder suspect in court Monday

Allen J. Hanson, 31.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An East Providence man accused of killing his girlfriend early Saturday morning, is expected to appear in court Monday.

Allen J. Hanson, 31, was arrested on a domestic first-degree murder charge in the death of 41-year-old Jennifer Silva, according to city police.

Police said they were called to 85 Warren Ave. around 4 a.m. Saturday for a report of a person who was struck by a car. Responding officers found Silva lying in the driveway of the home she shared with Hanson.

Hanson was nearby, according to police, and he initially told officers there had been a hit-and-run, but investigators later determined this not to be the case.

“Those initial reports appear to be inconsistent with our investigation,” said Lt. Raymond Blinn.

City detectives launched an investigation and later determined Silva’s injuries were not the result of an incident involving a motor vehicle, but from a domestic violence altercation with Hanson.

Silva was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. An autopsy will be performed by the Rhode Island Medical Examiner’s office on Monday.

We will be in court and bring you any developments when we learn them.