Acton Man Charged with Murder in Scissors Attack on Father
ACTON -- An Acton man accused of stabbing his father multiple times with scissors last Thursday now faces a charge of murder following the announcement of the 57-year-old man’s death on Tuesday.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Acton police confirmed Wednesday that Benjamin DiCristina, 25, will be arraigned on a charge of murder in Concord District Court on Oct. 25 for the death of John DiCristina.
John DiCristina was stabbed with scissors multiple times in the head and the neck in the family’s home on Haynes Court on Oct. 4.
The attack came after Benjamin DiCristina allegedly strangled and stabbed a 28-year-old woman he knows, and cut his mother with a knife, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Acton police responded to the home at around 10:30 p.m. Thursday and found Benjamin DiCristina in the shower. He was immediately taken into custody.
His mother was treated at a local hospital and released. The 28-year-old victim remains hospitalized with serious injuries, Meghan Kelly, a spokeswoman for the district attorney, said Tuesday night.
In addition to the murder charge, Benjamin DiCristina was arraigned on Friday in Concord District Court on two counts of armed assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, domestic assault and battery, and strangulation.
He is being held without bail and has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation.
Prosecutors say his family sought mental-health treatment for him earlier on the day of the attack. He was assessed at a local hospital and then released.
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