District Attorney Sam Sutter and Fairhaven Police Chief Michael Myers today announced that a 36-year-old New Bedford man has been formally charged with the October 14th murder of 69-year-old Joyce Howland in Fairhaven.
Joshua Silva, 36, of 26 Oak Street, New Bedford, is charged with murder and armed robbery. State Police Detectives assigned to this office filed the criminal complaints charging Mr. Silva with these crimes earlier today in New Bedford District Court.
Prosecutors say he had access to the victim’s home because he was installing insulation in her attic. “There was jewelry in plain view,” said prosecutor Patrick Driscoll. “The defendant is an admitted drug user, using heroin.” Source: CBS Boston.
What happened inside her home was brutal, as prosecutors say the victim’s throat was slit. “This 69-year-old woman’s head was almost severed, she was living by herself,” said Bristol County district attorney Sam Sutter. He calls it a tragic case of elder abuse and points to the need for seniors to learn to better protect themselves. – Source: CBS Boston.