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Accused was an arm wrestling champ

Douglas man faces charges in wife’s death

STEVE LANAVA/TELEGRAM & GAZETTE

Allen Stilkey with the national arm wrestling championship trophy he won in July 2010.

The Douglas man charged with manslaughter in the death of his wife formerly held the title of arm wrestler of the year, and was a director of the International Armwrestling Federation, a group member said.

Allen Stilkey, 40, of 38 Gilboa St. was arrested Friday night in connection with the death of his wife, said Tim Connolly, spokesman for the Worcester district attorney. He was charged with manslaughter, assault and battery, and threatening to commit a crime.

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Before he moved to Massachusetts, Stilkey was the Rhode Island director for the International Armwrestling Federation, and traveled throughout the country competing and winning titles, said William Cox of Lakeville, executive director of the federation. Stilkey is listed as arm wrestler of the year for 1995 on the group’s website.

“I’ve never known him to be violent,’’ Cox said. “I’ve known quite a few of the girlfriends he’s had in the past. I’ve never heard anything vaguely, or remotely related to abuse.’’

Cox said he met Stilkey’s wife, Lisa Stilkey, at a tournament a few years ago. A short time later, Allen Stilkey contacted Cox to resign from his position as director.

“He told me he was resigning from arm wrestling and moving to Massachusetts,’’ Cox said. “I haven’t seen him anywhere since.’’

A neighbor of the Stilkeys said yesterday that the wife had lived in the home for quite a few years, but that he had never met her.

“I’m just surprised this happened in the neighborhood,’’ said the man, who asked not to be identified.

Lisa Stilkey, 44, was found severely injured outside of her home shortly after midnight on Friday. She was brought to the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester where she was pronounced dead, the Worcester district attorney’s office said in a statement.

Allen Stilkey was placed in protective custody after the incident, Connolly said. He was released, and later persuaded by State Police to turn himself in at the Douglas Police Station. He was arrested around 7:40 p.m. Friday.

Stilkey is being held on $500,000 cash bail and is expected to be arraigned tomorrow morning, police said. Connolly could not provide further details on Lisa Stilkey’s injuries, or the circumstances leading to her death.

Amanda Cedrone can be reached at acedrone@globe.com.
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