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RI man faces charges related to 2012 Mass. murder

December 25, 2013

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Warren man has been arrested and awaits extradition to Massachusetts in connection with a murder in Swansea last year.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/K5bqiI ) that Rhode Island State Police say David P. Sousa was charged Tuesday with being a fugitive from justice in Massachusetts. He was wanted by the Bristol County Attorney’s Office on a warrant for murder and violation of an abuse prevention order.

He was indicted in October for the Nov. 24, 2012, strangling of 51-year-old Lisa Mello in her Swansea home. Police say the 54-year-old Sousa had been Mello’s boyfriend around the time of her death.

Extradition proceedings were waived and Sousa was remanded to the Adult Corrections Institutions in Cranston.

It was not known Wednesday if he’s represented by a lawyer.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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