Husband Arraigned Today on Murder Charges in Cotuit Killing

Barnstable High School Teacher Murdered By Husband DA

Barnstable High School Teacher Murdered By Husband DA

Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe says police responded to the home in the village of Cotuit just before 2 a.m. Tuesday after getting several 911 calls and found the woman, 35-year-old Mary Fratantonio, dead.

He was subsequently arrested for the murder of his wife Mary J. Fratantonio DOB 6/11/81.

"He made statements leading officers to believe he had stabbed his wife - the victim - to death", Higgins said.

Christopher Fratantonio "gave a detailed description of his motive ... and how he carried out the attack, including the location of the knife he used", trooper Matthew R. Lavoie wrote in a report.

Judge Edward Sharkansky ordered him held without bail pending a March 27 pre-trial conference. Barnstable police and state police are looking into the murder. Previously, she was an Early Childhood educator in New Bedford.

According to court paperwork, the 35-year-old mother was found stabbed multiple times in the bedroom.

I humbly ask that you all keep the children and family of Mary (Molly) Fratantonio, as well as the staff and students at Barnstable High School in your thoughts and prayers. They also said the two appeared to be a loving couple.

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