Grafton man charged with murdering his wife

April 21, 2016

April 21, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565

WESTBOROUGH — Michael Sugarman, charged with murder in last week’s death of his wife, was ordered held without bail today in Westborough District Court, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early.

On April 13, Grafton police officers found Kelly Sugarman, 36, deceased on the floor of her bedroom in her home at 55 Worcester St. The police were brought to the home by the couple’s 5-year-old daughter who was seen by police walking alone on Worcester Street, a busy road in Grafton.

Today, after a brief hearing, Judge Vito A. Virzi ordered that a doctor evaluate the mental health of Mr. Sugarman, 42. He was ordered to Bridgewater State Hospital for further mental health evaluation and his case was continued to May 11. On the day of the murder, Grafton police found him on the floor of the kitchen of his Grafton home still clutching the knife in his neck. He was treated at an area hospital and released.

At the hearing Assistant District Attorney Terry McLaughlin told the court that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had determined the cause of death to be homicide. He also told the court that the 5-year-old daughter saw the assault. Mr. Sugaman had been charged with domestic assault and battery.

The young girl is in the custody of the Department of Children and Families.