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Man found dead in Millbury home texted he had feared he would be killed; partner charged with assault to murder

A 34-year-old man accused of killing his boyfriend in their Millbury residence on Saturday was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail as prosecutors disclosed that the victim had recently texted someone he was afraid his partner might end his life.

Kevin D. Donnellanpleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Worcester Central District Court Monday to charges of assault to murder, assault and battery on a family or household member,and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury.

Donnellan and Ryan C. Anderson, 29, were in a relationship and lived together on Millbury Avenue, where police discovered Anderson’s body after receiving a 911 call from Donnellan, court records show.


He told a dispatcher he and Anderson had gotten into a fight and that Anderson’s body was downstairs, according to a police report.

“Donnellan advised that the victim was last seen alive about [six] hours ago and that his neck was slashed,” the report said.

He said he had tried to take his own life after the altercation, according to the report. Donnellan was taken to an area hospital for his injuries.

“Officers located the victim deceased in the basement with obvious trauma to the neck region along with red brown stains on the victim’s body and in more than one area of the home,” the report said. “Investigators obtained correspondence from the victim to a third party (text message), with the victim expressing fear for their safety and concern that Donnellan would kill them.”

The report didn’t identify the person Anderson texted or say when the message was sent.

“Mr. Donnellan is presumed innocent while he is awaiting trial,” Donnellan’s lawyer, Richard J. Farrell Jr., said by email. He declined further comment.

Donnellan is due back in court on Nov. 16, records show.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.


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