A 39-year-old Tewksbury man was held without bail Monday on a charge of assaulting a household or family member after a woman was found dead Sunday morning in the home they shared, prosecutors said.
In a statement, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office identified the suspect as Eric Griffin.
He was arraigned in Lowell District Court for “assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with a suspicious death investigation currently underway in Tewksbury,” the statement said.
Griffin was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 20, Ryan’s office said.
“On September 15, 2019, at approximately 8:30 a.m. Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office were contacted by Tewksbury Police regarding an apparent suspicious death that occurred in an apartment complex on Archstone Avenue in Tewksbury,” the statement said.
“Upon arrival authorities observed the decedent, a 39-year-old female from Tewksbury, who resided with the defendant, unresponsive in bed,” the release said. “The victim had sustained significant injuries consistent with a physical assault. The victim was declared deceased at the scene. An investigation began and later that day the defendant was taken into custody without incident. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner took custody of the decedent and will determine cause and manner of death.”
The victim wasn’t named in the statement.
“This is an open and active investigation being conducted by the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Tewksbury Police Department and Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and additional charges may issue,” the statement said. “This is not believed to be a random incident of violence and there is no danger to the public.”