Springfield man found with 3 bodies at home indicted on murder charges

Stewart Weldon is led into Springfield District Court for arraignment on a new charge of kidnapping on Monday, June 4, 2018, in Springfield, Mass. The Massachusetts kidnapping suspect who lives in a home where three dead bodies have been found has returned to court to face an additional kidnapping charge. A not guilty plea was entered Monday.
Stewart Weldon is led into Springfield District Court in June. –Don Treeger / The Republican via AP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has been indicted on murder charges in the deaths of three women whose bodies were discovered at his home.

Stewart Weldon was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on charges including murder, strangulation, rape and kidnapping.

The women whose bodies were found at Weldon’s Springfield home in May were identified as 47-year-old Ernestine Ryans, 34-year-old America Lyden and 27-year-old Kayla Escalante.

Officials searched his home after Weldon was pulled over and a woman in his car said she had been held against her will, beaten and sexually assaulted.

Prosecutors say Weldon has been indicted on offenses against 11 victims over one year.

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Weldon’s attorney, Brian Murphy, said Weldon is “looking forward to defending himself against these horrific allegations in the court of law.”