A jury must decide whether a 30-year-old Lynn teacher was murdered by her husband, who prosecutors allege killed her amid their strained marriage, though defense attorneys say physical evidence cannot link him to the killing.
Deliberations are now underway as the trial of Andrew MacCormack, 31, accused of first-degree murder for the death of his wife, Vanessa, came to a close Wednesday.
Prosecutors say Andrew MacCormack beat, strangled, and stabbed his wife at their Revere home before calling 911 on Sept. 23, 2017, with the couple’s 1-year-old daughter in the other room, NBC10 Boston reports.
Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum said the murder came in the wake of problems Andrew MacCormack inflicted on the relationship, including stealing from his wife to support his cocaine habit, according to the station.
Palumbaum told the jury Wednesday that Andrew MacCormack was a self-made widower, WCVB reports.
“Throughout that 911 call, there is one simple word that the defendant never uttered, not even once: Vanessa,” Palumbaum said. “Never said her name.”
Authorities allege Andrew MacCormack cleaned the crime scene with bleach before he left the house with his daughter so he would have an alibi, according to NBC10 Boston.
Earlier in the trial, Polumbaum said investigators found there was “not even a speck” of his wife’s DNA on him, even though he said he checked her body when he found her with a plastic bag on her head, The Boston Globe reports.
Text messages show that in the months before her murder, Vanessa MacCormmack told her husband that she felt like she was “at the end of my rope in this marriage,” among other expressions of frustration toward him, according to NBC10 Boston.
Three weeks before she died, she told him that she had plans to put their home up for sale and told him to “look into divorce lawyers,” the Globe reports.
John Hayes, Andrew MacCormack’s attorney, admitted to jurors Wednesday that his client was not a good husband, pointing to his drug addiction and the theft he committed against his wife, WCVB reports.
“He may have even, at the end of this situation, dabbled with visiting a prostitute,” Hayes added.
But he maintained his client’s innocence.
He said physical evidence could not place Andrew MacCormack at the scene and that his client didn’t have any cuts or injuries that would have surfaced as a result of the alleged confrontation, NBC10 Boston reports.
“Andrew did not in fact kill his wife,” he said.
Still, prosecutors have said Andrew MacCormack attacked his wife with a bed rail, hitting her from behind as she was eating, according to the news station.
Vanessa MacCormack suffered a broken nose, stab wounds on her back and neck, and a bruised face, NBC10 Boston reports.
In testimony last month, Vincent Masucci, Vanessa MacCormack’s father, said he had a father-and-son like relationship with his son-in-law and recalled how Andrew MacCormack broke down at the crime scene that day two years ago, according to WCVB.
“He came over and said, ‘I was supposed to protect her, that was my job as a husband,'” Masucci said. “And I said, ‘It’s my job, she’s always my daughter, she always will be. I was supposed to protect her,’ and we both hugged.”