Woman Charged with Murder in Fatal Stabbing
FITCHBURG -- The girlfriend of the 34-year-old mother of three who was found lying on the street suffering from fatal stab wounds on the night of Nov. 6 was arraigned for murder on Wednesday, according to the Worcester County District Attorney’s office.
Wanda Liz Gonzalez, of 35 Wanoosnoc Road, was arraigned via video conference from the Western Massachusetts Regional Womens Correctional Center in Chicopee, where she is being held without bail.
The charges on which Gonzalez was arraigned last Wednesday from her hospital bed at UMass Medical Center, domestic assault and battery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, were dropped after her arraignment for murder, according to Paul Jarvey, a spokesman for Joseph D. Early Jr.
The murder charge was brought after the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death of Jennifer Narvaez-Colon, 34, of 35 Wanoosnoc Road, a homicide, Jarvey said.
Fitchburg police received two 911 calls from neighbors reporting a person hit my a car at 10:17 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Narvaez-Colon was found lying in the street outside the Wanoosnoc Road home she shared with Gonzalez and her children.
Narvaez-Colon’s children -- ages 13, 11 and 8 -- had surrounded their mother attempting to render first aid when first responders arrived. She was pronounced dead at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester after midnight.
Police searched the apartment and found a large amount of blood in the kitchen, living room, stairway and bedroom.
Gonzalez, 33, was found in a bedroom inside the couple’s apartment bleeding from wounds on her head and neck. A witness told police he saw the Gonzalez on top of Narvaez-Colon stabbing her outside the rear door of their apartment, according to court documents.
During her hospital bed arraignment lacerations could be seen on both sides of Gonzalez’s neck.
A judge will decide at an 11 a.m. hearing on Nov. 28 whether Gonzalez is eligible for bail, according to court documents. Judge Mark Goldstein ruled Wednesday that Gonzalez must stay away and have no contact with Narvaez-Colon’s three children should she be released on bail before her trial.
Gonzalez had been scheduled to appear in District Court for a hearing Wednesday at 2 p.m. Jarvey said her defense attorney, John Swomley, chose to bring the case forward this morning.
A pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 28.