A teenager told a 63-year-old woman that he didn't kill her chicken moments before he tried to kill her three different ways, according to an Attleboro police affidavit.
Paula McMurrough was attacked in her Cumberland Avenue home on March 6 at about 10 p.m. by a 15-year-old neighbor.
According to the affidavit, McMurrough was reading in bed. The teen, who had gotten into the house through a window, stood in her bedroom doorway and told her, "I didn't kill your chicken."
McMurrough told police that the teen's comment referred to a conversation the two had when the boy had done yard work for her last summer.
When she tried to call police on her cell phone, she told police the teen grabbed it and stabbed the phone battery with a knife.
According to the affidavit, the teen bound her ankles and wrists and dragged her down the stairs.
The teen left and went outside to start McMurrough's vehicle, during which time, the woman tried again to call police, this time from a house phone. But the teen came back in, knocked her to the floor and kicked her in the face.
According to the affidavit, "during the struggle he swung out with his knife and struck her in the neck. She collapsed on the basement floor."
Police said he dragged McMurrough to her own vehicle and drove to an area pond. The teen pushed the woman into the water but then said, "I can't do this." Police said he escorted her out of the water and gave her his coat.
Police said the teen took McMurrough to a location near Brennan Middle School, left her in the car, and stuffed a black T-shirt into the exhaust pipe. Police said at that point she drove off, and left the teen behind.
Using a search warrant, police recovered the shirt and other clothing from the teen's house.
The suspect's aunt, who told NBC 10 she was his legal guardian, said Tuesday her heart goes out to the victim and she's sorry for the neighbors. She also said that NBC 10 knew more than she did.
NBC 10 spoke with McMurrough's son who said he had no comment. When asked about his mother's condition he said, "She's alive."
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