- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 24, 2017

LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) - Authorities say a relative of a woman found slain in her Lawrence apartment tried to attack the man charged with killing her during his arraignment.

Tony Ventura, of Lawrence, was arrested hours after his girlfriend, 32-year-old Maria Morton, was found dead on Sunday night.

At Ventura’s arraignment Monday, a man jumped over a courtroom railing and charged at Ventura. Court officers and public safety personnel intercepted the man.

At about the same time, a woman began shouting obscenities at Ventura. The public was ordered to leave the courtroom.

Prosecutors say the 32-year-old Ventura strangled Morton.

Ventura’s attorney says his client is greatly remorseful.

Ventura has been ordered jailed without bail. He’s expected back in court next month.

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