- Associated Press - Monday, May 22, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Rhode Island man charged with killing his live-in girlfriend then telling investigators she had been struck by a car has been held without bail.

Allen Hanson, of East Providence, was arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree domestic murder in the weekend death of Jennifer Silva.

The 31-year-old Hanson did not enter a plea. A judge said a public defender would be appointed for him.

Police say they responded to the couple’s East Providence home at about 4 a.m. Saturday where they found Silva in a parking lot at the rear of the address. She died at the hospital.

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.”

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