What to Know
- Stewart Weldon, of Springfield, was indicted on 52 charges, including three counts of murder, on Aug. 17.
- Weldon was arrested May 27 after fleeing a traffic stop. A woman inside the car told police she was being held against her will.
- Three bodies were found during a search of his Page Avenue home several days later.
A suspected kidnapper who lived in a Springfield, Massachusetts home where the bodies of three women were found back in May has been indicted on 52 charges, including three counts of murder.
The Hampden County District Attorney's office announced the indictment of Stewart Weldon on Thursday, more than two months after his arrest.
Authorities said Weldon was indicted by the Hampden County Grand Jury on three counts of murder, eight counts of strangulation, nine counts of aggravated rape, two counts of rape, five counts of aggravated kidnapping, four counts of kidnapping, and two counts of assault to rape. The charges stretched over a year's time and involved 11 different victims.
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Authorities said the charges stem after Weldon was arrested May 27 after fleeing a traffic stop. A woman in his car said she had been held against her will.
Three bodies were found during a search of his Page Avenue home several days later.
The victims were later identified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner as Ernestine Ryans, 47, of Springfield, America Lyden, 34, of Springfield, and Kayla Escalante, 27, of Ludlow.