COTUIT – Christopher S. Frantantonio was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder today in Barnstable District Court.
It is alleged he stabbed his wife to death early this morning at their home. At approximately 1:50AM on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Barnstable Police received several 911 calls from various parties regarding a violent crime which had taken place at 89 Trout Brook Road.
In the following footage of Frantantonio’s arraignment, you will also hear actual police radio transmissions as officers coordinated their response to the scene.
Police reportedly encountered the suspect outside of the home before declaring the scene secure and safe for newly arriving police, rescue, and investigators.
As you will hear in the following audio, only one paramedic was requested to enter the home to make a “confirmation,” an indication that the first officers were immediately treating the home as a homicide scene.
The victim’s death was apparently caused by multiple stab wounds.
The couple’s two young children were reportedly home during the entire ordeal. Both children were said to be currently “safe.”
The 35-year-old victim, Mary J. Frantantonio, was a special needs teacher at Barnstable High School. Several Barnstable High School students showed up outside the courthouse today, obviously shocked by the sad news.
Sources tell HN the couple were in the process of breaking up.
The following video combines arraignment footage with audio of police responding to the scene…
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