SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The two dead bodies are found in the home of a man who is accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting and torturing a woman, a prosecutor said on Thursday.
The bodies were found “in and around” the Springfield home after the police responded to the house on Wednesday night, Hampden district Attorney Anthony Gulluni said.
Stewart Weldon, who was arrested Sunday after a chase that ended when he collided with a police car and struggled with officers, it means “we believe that the lives at this address,” Gulluni said.
A woman in Weldon’s car said he kept her prisoner for a month, sexually assaulted her and beat her with a hammer and other objects, police said.
“Thanks for saving my life,” the woman told officials, according to the police. “I never thought I would get.”
The woman was taken to a hospital with what police called “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. She was still in the hospital on Thursday, Gulluni said.
Weldon, who is 47 years old, pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges on Tuesday and was held on $ 1 million bail. His bail in several non-related matters was withdrawn.
Weldon had not been charged in connection with the discovery of the bodies. Gulluni do not disclose the names, ages and sexes of the body.
The public prosecutor who represented Weldon on his accusation not immediately return a message seeking comment on Thursday.
A police spokesman said that there was no risk to the public.