- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend then telling investigators she had been struck by a car has pleaded not guilty to murder.

WPRI-TV reports 32-year-old Allen Hanson was arraigned Wednesday on a domestic murder charge in connection with the May death of Jennifer Silva. He was ordered held without bail.

Police responded to the couple’s East Providence home, where they found the 41-year-old woman in a parking lot at the rear of the address. She died at the hospital.

Police say Hanson identified himself as Silva’s boyfriend and said she had been hit by a car. But police determined that she was actually the victim of a “domestic violence altercation.”

The state medical examiner determined Silva’s death was caused by “multiple injuries due to fall from height.”

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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