Woman Accused of Fatally Stabbing Boston Firefighter Indicted on Murder Charge

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A Marshfield woman accused of fatally stabbing her husband, who was a Boston firefighter, was indicted Monday on a murder charge, according to authorities.

A Plymouth County grand jury indicted 46-year-old Christine Ricci on counts of murder and assault and batter by means of a dangerous weapon in connection with the killing of her husband, Michael Ricci, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office said in a statement.

Officers received a 911 call around 4:45 p.m. on Jan. 28 reporting a medical emergency at a home at 679 Moraine St. Police and emergency medical personnel responded to the scene, found Michael Ricci with multiple stab wounds and “performed lifesaving measures” before taking him to South Shore Hospital in in Weymouth, where he was pronounced dead around 5:30 p.m., according to Cruz’s office.

Emergency room workers reported Michael Ricci had two stab wounds, one in his chest and another in his shoulder, the district attorney’s office said.

Marshfield police contacted Massachusetts State Police detectives and started the investigation into the man’s death. Authorities said they learned the couple had a fight before the killing. Christine Ricci is accused of retrieving a 5-inch knife at one point and stabbing her husband.

According to Cruz’s office, first responders found the knife at the foot of the victim when they arrived at the home.

Christine Ricci is currently being held without bail and will be arraigned in superior court at a later date, the district attorney’s office said.

At a previous arraignment in January, Christine Ricci collapsed, and the court proceeding was stopped due to a medical emergency she suffered, WCVB reported. She was due back in court in March.

In February, members of the Boston Fire Department paid their last respects to Michael Ricci, describing the 23-year veteran firefighter as a “brother,” a “friend” and a “coworker.”

“May his legacy of friendship, respect, bravery and humbleness live on in his children,” the department wrote in a tweet. “Our prayers are with his family.”

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