Man strangles woman in Malden homicide early Friday morning

MALDEN – (UPDATED 8/10/12 at 3:20PM) William Bryant Moseley, 45, of Malden, was arraigned this morning on a charge of murder in the first degree. Malden District Court Judge Domenic Paratore ordered the defendant held without bail, and a probably cause hearing has been scheduled for September 6.

It is alleged that the defendant made a 911 call, and told authorities he had killed his wife. When officers responded, police located the female victim, Cecelia Yakubu, 58, and was “obviously deceased”.

“Strangulation is an extremely personalized, violent and horrific act of power and control often exhibited by abusers of domestic violence,” District Attorney Leone said in a second press release about the incident.

“We will continue to work with our community partners to raise awareness around the issue of strangulation, as we know that strangulation is a high-risk indicator for lethality.”


ORIGINAL POST from 8/10/12 at 2:37PM

MALDEN – According to Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone and Malden Police Chief James Holland, authorities are investigating an apparent domestic violence homicide in Malden that took place in the early morning hours Friday.

At approximately 5:30AM, Malden Police received a 911 call reporting a death at 33 Francis Street. When officers responded, police located the female victim who was “obviously deceased” according to a release from the District Attorney’s office.

William Bryant Moseley, 45, was arrested at the scene for allegedly strangling the victim to death.

The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Malden and the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the DA’s office are continuing their investigation into the death. The defendant was arraigned earlier today in Malden District Court.

“This appears to be another tragic domestic violence homicide, where we allege the defendant strangled the victim to death,” District Attorney Leone said.


These charges are allegations and the defendant is considered innocent until proven guilty. The Assistant District Attorney assigned to the case is Beth Dunigan. The Victim Witness Advocate is Karen Fahy. Information was provided by the Office of Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.

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