Alleged murderer covered face during brief court proceeding.
Jeffrey McGee was arraigned in his hospital room in Methuen Friday, on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly killing his estranged wife, Christine.
McGee was placed under arrest after an autopsy on Wednesday showed the 31-year-old had died from a puncture wound to her neck, said Corey Welford spokesman for the Middlesex district attorney.
Chelmsford Police discovered the body of Christine at Jeffrey’s Glen Avenue apartment at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Judge Steven Ostrach barred reporters from the arraignment, allowing only one still photographer, at the request from defense attorney Tom Ford, Welford said.
With a sheet or blanket covering his head and bandages on his arms, McGee, 36, was silent through the proceeding, according to Boston Herald photographer Faith Ninivaggi.
McGee, who pleaded not guilty on Friday, is due in Lowell District Court on Dec. 18, for a probably cause hearing, Welford said.
On the morning of Nov. 20, McGee crashed his red Toyota Corolla into a dump truck in Methuen.
Jeffrey and Christine’s son, who was in the car at the time, has been steadily improving, said Welford.
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