A man entered the home of an elderly Stoughton couple early yesterday morning and attacked them with a knife, killing 78 year-old Georgios Kontsas. His wife, Dorothea Kontsas, despite suffering from multiple stab wounds, managed to make it to her neighbor's house for help where she collapsed and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The attack on the Stoughton couple occurred at about 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating and Stoughton Police Chief Thomas Murphy declined to comment whether the victims knew the suspect or if there was any motive to the attack and murder.
Murder is defined under the Massachusetts law as the unlawful killing of another with malice or in the commission or attempted commission of certain felonies.
- Murder committed with deliberate premeditation and malice is murder in the first degree.
- Murder committed with extreme atrocity or cruelty and with malice is murder in the first degree.
- Murder committed in the commission or attempted commission of a felony punishable by a maximum sentence of imprisonment for life is murder in the first degree.
- Murder that does not appear to be murder in the first degree as outlined above is murder in the second degree.