Stewart Weldon, pictured in June, was indicted on 52 counts of crimes against 11 other people.
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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 the first-degree murder, aggravated rape, and aggravated kidnapping.
The 52-count indictment of Stewart Weldon, 41, 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 tail light. A woman in the car told the police that Weldon had held her prisoner for the previous month, repeatedly raping and beating her.
“Thank you for saving my life,” the woman reportedly told the police she was transferred to an ambulance. “I didn’t ever think I was going to get away.”
#BREAKING Remember this guy? Think that Springfield body house’ Stewart Weldon was indicted on 52 counts. 3 murders, strangulation, aggravated rape, kidnapping and others. @HampdenDA says crimes involving 11 victims. Bodies were found on this Page Blvd home. @FOX61News pic.twitter.com/ugpxypg1I8
— Matt Caron (@MattCaronTV) August 16, 2018
The police said that the woman suffered “grotesque and violent” injuries, including a possible broken jaw, puncture wounds to her abdomen, the marks of being beaten with a blunt object and a bone infection.
When the police went to Weldon’s house, they found the bodies of three women “in and around” the property, according to Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni. They have now been identified as 47-year-old Ernestine Ryan and the 34-year-old America Lyden, both of Springfield; and the 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.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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