Taunton Murder Suspect Back in Massachusetts
Update: Edmund Silveira was ordered held without bail at his arraignment and is due back in court Nov. 15 for a pretrial conference.
TAUNTON — The 86-year-old Taunton man accused of shooting his wife to death in August is expected to appear in Fall River Superior Court this afternoon.
The Bristol County District Attorney's Office said that Edmund Silveira was taken from Rhode Island to the Taunton Police Department this morning for booking.
He had been sent to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment following the Aug. 29 homicide, in which first responders found his wife, 71-year-old Dianne Silveira, in the driveway of their home with gunshot wounds.
Dianne Silveira was rushed to Morton Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Police had been called out to the 881 Bay St. home just before 9 p.m. that night for a report of a shooting, according to the D.A.'s office.
The suspect had fled back inside the couple's home.
A regional SWAT Team helped establish a secure perimeter while awaiting crisis negotiators.
Eventually, entry was made into the home via a tactical robot, revealing that the suspect was unconscious.
He was rushed to Rhode Island Hospital for several wounds to his wrist and neck, which appeared to be self-inflicted knife wounds.
The defendant is appearing in Fall River Superior Court rather than Taunton District Court because he was indicted by a Bristol County grand jury on a murder charge while detained in Rhode Island.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Scott will prosecute the case.