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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Slaying suspect arrested at Newton-Wellesley hospital

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Lee Chiero
(police handout photo)

NEWTON

The Uxbridge man accused of murdering his mother was arrested today at Newton-Wellesley Hospital when he sought treatment for an injury on his hand, according to Newton police. Lee Chiero was taken into custody around 11 a.m. and is being held at the Newton police department, said Officer James O'Loughlin.

It was not immediately clear whether Lee Chiero would be returned today to Uxbridge or arraigned in Newton District Court on a murder charge. He is accused of killing his 59-year-old mother inside their Uxbridge home.

The body of Nancy Chiero was discovered around 2 p.m. Sunday inside their basement apartment by Uxbridge police, who had been dispatched on a "wellness check" by someone who was concerned about Nancy Chiero.

Natick police told the Worcester Telegram and Gazette that Chiero was involved in a physical altercation with Natick Lt. Brian Grassey in the 1990s. The police said they were familiar with Chiero.

-- John R. Ellement and Telegram and Gazette Staff

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