Tuesday, August 14, 2012

East Providence, RI: Police: Man killed himself after assaulting his wife in East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A woman is in critical condition in Rhode Island Hospital after, police said, she was assaulted by her husband, who apparently took his own life Monday.

A family member Monday morning discovered Lucy Ponte, 54, of Larchwood Drive, severely injured at her home, according to police in East Providence.

Soon afterward, the body of Mario Ponte, 48, was discovered in a barn at the Ferry Farm, 70 Wheaton Ave., Rehoboth, Mass. A spokesman for C. Samuel Sutter, district attorney for Bristol County, Mass., said an autopsy was to be performed, but the death was regarded as an apparent suicide by hanging.

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