Charges Upgraded in Acton Slaying
CONCORD -- A 25-year-old Acton man, who allegedly stabbed a 28-year-old woman and then both of his parents during an Oct. 4 incident was arraigned Thursday on an upgraded charge of murder, because his father has since died of his wounds.
Benjamin DiChristina was already being held without bail following his early October arraignment on felony assault charges, and Judge Ernest Sarason ordered that he continue to be held without bail on the upgraded charge.
DiChristina has also been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation while he is being held.
Prosecutors say DiChristina attacked the 28-year-old woman who he knows, strangled her and stabbed her in the chest, before he also attacked both of his parents with a knife during a struggle that ensued on Oct. 4.
DiChristina allegedly cut his mother and then stabbed his father multiple times in the head and neck. The mother and the 28-year-old were able to call 911 during the attack, according to prosecutors.
The Middlesex District Attorney’s office has previously said that DiChristina’s family sought mental-health treatment for DiChristina earlier on the day of the attack, but that he was assessed at a local hospital and then released.
DiChristina’s father, John DiChristina, 57, of Acton, died several days after the attack due to injuries he suffered.
Sarason ordered DiChristina to return to Concord District Court on Jan. 24.
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