A Massachusetts man has been arraigned on a murder charge in connection with his brother's death last week.
Alexander Asia, 24, of Paxton was in an East Brookfield courtroom on Monday for a pre-scheduled dangerousness hearing on assault charges stemming from the Dec. 2 attack inside his family home when he was formally arraigned on the murder charge.
Twenty-three-year-old Innocent Asia was found dead his family home on Monticello Drive after Paxton police responded to a 911 call late that night. The men's mother, 53-year-old Leticia Asia, was also injured in the attack and was treated at a local hospital.
Police say she showed up with injuries at a neighbor's home.
Man Charged With Killing Brother in Hammer Attack
According to MJ Byrnes, who lives two houses away, Leticia stumbled in the dark to her house where she kept hitting the doorbell.
Byrnes' sister brought Leticia inside and saw the gash in her head.
"My sister reported that the mother had stated that her son was trying to kill the family with a hammer," Byrnes said. "The mother was in and out of almost consciousness."
Another brother, Ogechi Asia, told police Alexander had also attacked him, according to the The Telegram & Gazette.
The Telegram reports that two children live at the home, but that it was not clear if they were home at the time.
"The whole family has obviously been shattered and will be shattered for months and years to come," Byrnes said.
Chanel Visionary Karl Lagerfeld Dies at 85
Judge Timothy Bibaud ordered Alexander Asia to be held without bail on the murder charge.
He's due back in court for a pre-trial conference for all charges on Jan. 30.
The case remains under investigation.