Relative, friend face charges in killing of pregnant woman


BOSTON -- A grand jury has ended its two-year investigation of the fatal shooting of Carol Stuart by accusing her brother-in-law of obstruction of justice and his friend of being an accessory after the fact to murder.

Matthew Stuart and John McMahon Jr., both of Revere, were expected to surrender to officials today to answer those and other charges, Assistant District Attorney Thomas J. Mundy Jr. said.

Implicit in the charge of accessory after the fact to murder is the grand jury's finding of probable cause that Charles Stuart had murdered his pregnant wife and was responsible for the death of their unborn son after the couple attended a birthing class in Boston, Mundy said.

According to the indictment, Stuart and McMahon impeded the investigation by concealing the evidence, including the gun believed to be the murder weapon.

Charles Stuart gained national sympathy by blaming the shooting on a robber. But he apparently committed suicide after his brother and McMahon went to authorities.

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