Malden Man Arraigned In Connection With Domestic Violence Homicide

For Immediate Release August 10, 2012
Contact: Press Office

MALDEN- A Malden man has been arraigned in connection with a domestic violence homicide that occurred this morning in Malden, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

William Bryant Moseley, 45, of Malden, was arraigned this morning in Malden District Court on a charge of murder in the first degree.  Malden District Court Judge Domenic Paratore ordered the defendant held without bail. 

His next court date is September 6 for a probable cause hearing. 

According to authorities, at approximately 5:15 a.m. this morning, Malden Police received a 911 call reporting a death at 33 Francis Street in Malden.  It is alleged that the defendant made that 911 call and during the call he told authorities he had killed his wife.  When officers responded, police located the female victim, Cecelia Yakubu, 58, obviously deceased.  The victim’s boyfriend, the defendant, was at the scene and was subsequently arrested for allegedly strangling the victim to death. 

“This appears to be another tragic domestic violence homicide, where we allege the defendant strangled the victim to death,” District Attorney Leone said.  “Strangulation is an extremely personalized, violent and horrific act of power and control often exhibited by abusers of domestic violence.  We will continue to work with our community partners to raise awareness around the issue of strangulation, as we know that strangulation is a high-risk indicator for lethality.”

The investigation remains ongoing by Malden Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.  An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. 

The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Beth Dunigan.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Karen Fahy. 

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