- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts man has been arrested in the death of a Taunton woman who was found slashed or stabbed at her apartment earlier this week.

Authorities say 22-year-old James Souza, of Fall River, was arrested Friday on murder and armed robbery charges in the death of 23-year-old Vannessa Courtney. Police say the woman’s girlfriend came home from work Monday to find Courtney dead at their apartment. They say Courtney was either slashed or stabbed in the throat.

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III says the suspect and Courtney knew each other. But neither he nor police would release further details.

Souza was jailed and is to be arraigned Monday.

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