Man Charged with Murder in Connection with Webster Homicide

July 13, 2022

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott J. Croteau 508-368-7228 or 774-418-5706

WEBSTER – A man is facing a murder charge in connection with the June killing of 39-year-old Joseph Bottis in Webster, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.

A murder charge was filed Tuesday in Dudley District Court against 51-year-old Bernard Cusson Jr. He is accused of killing Bottis, whose body was discovered around 2:45 a.m. on June 17 in the front walkway of a Webster business at 116 E. Main St.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy and determined Bottis had fractures to his skull consistent with blunt force trauma.

Cusson is currently being held in custody after he was arrested on June 17 on firearm and stolen property charges. He was ordered held without bail after a judge determined him to be dangerous during a July 5 hearing in Dudley District Court.

Cusson is expected to be arraigned on the murder charge in Dudley District Court on July 19.

Webster Police and State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the homicide. The case has been assigned to Assistant District Attorney Anthony Melia.

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