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Christopher Piantedosi, of Methuen, Mass., is arraigned in Woburn District Court in Massachusetts on Monday.
The fatal stabbing of a Massachusetts woman in her home was witnessed by someone who was videochatting with the victim’s teenage daughter on an iPad, a prosecutor said Monday.
Middlesex County District Attorney Nicole Allain made the revelation at the arraignment of Christopher Piantedosi, 39, of Methuen, Mass., in Woburn District Court, according to local media reports.
Piantedosi is accused of stabbing his former longtime girlfriend, 38-year-old Kristen Pulisciano, 34 times on Thursday in front of their 15-year-old daughter at her Burlington, Mass., home.
Allain told the court the daughter was in her bedroom chatting with a friend on an iPad when she heard her parents arguing in the kitchen. Piantedosi chased the victim into the bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly with a butcher knife, the prosecutor said, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.
The daughter's friend, who was still logged into the videochat session, saw and heard parts of the gruesome attack, according to Allain.
According to the Union Leader:
“He could hear the victim saying, ‘Please, please.' He could hear the daughter yelling, ‘No. No.' He then heard the defendant say, ‘You gotta die. You gotta die.' He then heard the victim say, ‘Chris, please stop. I love you' and then the defendant began stabbing Kristen numerous times,” Allain said.
Prosecutors said Pulisciano died of a stab wound to the neck.
Judge Marianne Hinkle on Monday ordered Piantedosi held without bail and scheduled a probable cause hearing for June 7.
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