WATERBURY, Conn. — Court documents say a man pleaded for his life as he was repeatedly stabbed, the suspect’s wife told police.
The Republican-American reported that Elizabeth Swiderski Turner told police she watched Michael Perkins, 26, beg for his life while her husband, Claude Turner, stabbed him in the stomach.
Perkins, who was considered a friend by Claude Turner, cried, ‘‘Please stop, I love you,’’ as Turner plunged a kitchen knife into him while the two were in a home in Watertown, Elizabeth Turner told police.
The Turners were arraigned Wednesday in Waterbury Superior Court.
Claude Turner was charged with capital felony murder and seven other counts related to the deaths of Perkins and his mother, Donna Bouffard. He was held on $2.5 million bond.
Michael Perkins cried, “Please stop, I love you,’’ as Claude Turner plunged a kitchen knife into him, Turner’s wife, Elizabeth Turner, told police. Perkins’ mother, Donna Bouffard, was also killed.
If convicted, the Turner, 36, could face 60 years in prison without parole.
Elizabeth Turner was charged with eight counts stemming in helping Turner clean up the crime scene and flee the state and in selling the victims’ possessions. She is being held on $675,000 bond.
They did not make a plea.
Turner told police he was manic depressive, blacked out, and could not remember details of the killings, court documents said. He told police he regretted his actions, the documents said.
Police found the bodies of the two victims on July 7 while investigating reports of a strong odor emanating from the house. Police believe the bodies had been there several days.
Turner said he remembered his wife screaming, court documents said. Turner said Perkins said he was family and asked him to stop, but Bouffard just stared in silence as he stabbed her, the documents said.
Elizabeth Turner, 26, told police she retreated upstairs after her husband threatened that she ‘‘would be next’’ when she saw him stab Perkins, the documents said. When Claude Turner entered their bedroom, Elizabeth Turner said he was covered in blood. She said she was shaking and crying.
The Turners and Anthony Acosta, 24, who is accused of helping to clean the Watertown home, stayed in the house for three days, wiping up bloody footprints and covering the bodies in blankets, court documents said.
Acosta is being held on a $250,000 bond for what police say was his role in covering up the killings and selling the victims’ possessions.