Man Accused of Burning Car Now Charged with Murder

August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tim Connolly 508-688-5565

WORCESTER — Steven M. Foley, who had been facing charges associated with burning a car in Hope Cemetery in December, was arraigned on a murder charge today in Worcester Central District Court, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.

The body of Cynthia Webb, 59, of Sterling, was found in the trunk of her burned car in Hope Cemetery on the morning of Dec. 12. An investigation by Worcester Police detectives led to the arrest of Mr. Foley, now 57, of Northborough. He was arrested on a warrant on Dec. 19 in Peabody by Peabody Police and the State Police Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section.

Mr. Foley was initially charged with burning a motor vehicle and malicious damage to a motor vehicle. He was indicted on the same charges by a Worcester County Grand Jury in March.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner this week determined that Ms. Webb died of “homicidal violence of unknown etiology.” The manner of death was “homicide by assault,” according to the medical examiner’s office.

At arraignment on the murder charge, Judge Janet J. McGuiggan entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Mr. Foley. She ordered him held without bail and continued the case to Oct. 17 for a status hearing.