- Associated Press - Friday, March 10, 2017

WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Defense attorneys for a Massachusetts man authorities say tried to kill his estranged wife with an ax and burn down her home have introduced contradictory evidence.

Allen Stotts has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempted murder stemming from a police response to the Norfolk home Jan. 18.

Authorities say after an argument over cigarettes and sleeping arrangements, the 71-year-old Stotts swung an ax at his wife.

The Sun Chronicle (https://bit.ly/2ndBOea ) reports that at a dangerousness hearing Thursday, a defense investigator said Stotts’ wife told him he never swung the ax, does not consider Stotts a danger and does not want him held any longer.

Prosecutors want Stotts held. The defense says he should be granted bail.

The judge did not rule, but continued the case until March 16.

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Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, https://www.thesunchronicle.com

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