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Stoughton Man Charged With Murdering Wife

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A Stoughton man is in custody after what appears to be a domestic violence homicide.

Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey says Ilton Rodrigues, 48, stabbed his 43-year-old wife Telma Bras to death late Friday night and then tried to kill himself.

Stoughton Police responded to 5 Bennett Drive Apartment 4 shortly before midnight and forced entry into the apartment, where they found Bras dead, according to a statement Saturday. Rodrigues had an "obvious injury consistent with a suicide attempt," police said.

The couple's two children, ages 7 and 17, were also in the home, Morrissey told reporters Saturday. Officials say the older child called a relative for help, who then called the police.

There was no known history of domestic violence in the household, Morrissey said.

Rodrigues was taken to a Boston hospital with serious injuries and is in in custody there. He has been charged with one count of murder and is expected to survive, prosecutors said in the statement.


Resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889).

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