August 23, 2018

USA: A 41-Year-Old Man In Massachusetts Was Indicted On 52-Counts, Including Murder, Rape, Strangulation, Kidnapping, And Assault Of Several Women. 3 Bodies Were Found At His Home In May.

CBS Boston published on June 4, 2018: Police have identified three women who were found dead at a Springfield home. WBZ-TV's Christina Hager reports.

WWLP-22News published on Aug 16, 2018: Hampden County DA announced the indictment of Stewart Weldon more than two months after his arrest.
New York Post, USA
written by By Samuel Chamberain and AP
August 17, 2018

A Massachusetts man suspected of killing three women whose remains were found at his Springfield home was indicted on multiple charges by a grand jury Thursday — including first-degree murder, aggravated rape, and aggravated kidnapping.

The 52-count indictment against Stewart Weldon, 41, included three counts of first-degree murder, nine counts of aggravated rape, eight counts of strangulation, two counts of rape, five counts of aggravated kidnapping, four counts of kidnapping and two counts of assault with intent to rape.

According to the Boston Herald, Weldon was arrested on May 27 by Springfield police after he was pulled over for a broken taillight. A woman in the vehicle told police that Weldon had held her captive for the previous month, repeatedly raping and beating her.

“Thank you, guys, for saving my life,” the woman reportedly told police as she was taken to an ambulance. “I didn’t ever think I was going to get away.”

Police said the woman suffered “grotesque and violent” injuries, including a possible fractured jaw, stab wounds to her abdomen, marks from being hit with a blunt object and a leg infection.

When police went to Weldon’s home, they found the bodies of three women “in and around” the property, according to Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. They have since been identified as 47-year-old Ernestine Ryans and 34-year-old America Lyden, both of Springfield, and 27-year-old Kayla Escalante of Ludlow, Mass.

In addition to the three women, the indictment covers alleged crimes committed by Weldon against eight other people. At the time of his arrest, Weldon was wanted on a warrant for assault and battery of a police officer and numerous traffic violations.

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