A Massachusetts man has been charged with fatally beating the mom of his younger son, bashing her within the head with a rock throughout a stroll on a Maine seaside, courtroom information present.
Jeffrey Buchannan, 33, of Bedford, was taken into custody Friday on a homicide cost following the ugly slaying of Rhonda Pattelena, 35, at Brief Sands Seashore in York, Maine, state police mentioned.
Buchannan, the father of one in all Pattelena’s three sons, instructed cops he didn’t keep in mind the killing, in accordance to a courtroom affidavit obtained by the Bangor Every day Information.
Buchannan instructed police he noticed a person working towards him whereas Pattelena made hand gestures behind his again as they have been on the seaside. Feeling threatened, Buchannan mentioned he “blacked out” after which remembered solely strolling away from the Bedford lady, in accordance to the affidavit.
Firefighters later discovered Pattelena useless on the seaside, the place she had “important trauma” to her face and head. Blood was additionally discovered on the sand beneath her head, the affidavit states.
Investigators additionally recovered a rock close to her physique which will have been used because the homicide weapon, in accordance to the affidavit. An post-mortem decided Pattelena died from blunt drive trauma to the pinnacle.
Buchannan allegedly killed Pattelena behind a big rock and the assault was caught on surveillance video investigators obtained from close by companies, the affidavit mentioned.
The footage reveals Buchannan initially hit Pattelena as her again was turned earlier than he struck her a number of extra occasions, the courtroom doc reveals.
Buchannan, who’s being held with out bail, is about to make his preliminary courtroom look Tuesday afternoon in Alfred, Maine.
Pattelena, who moved to Bedford months earlier, liked going to the seaside and thought of these in York to be her favourite escape, the Boston Globe reported.
“We used to go there each summer season, each summer season,” Pattelena’s sister, Jessica Pattelena, instructed the newspaper. “She was a mermaid. She liked the seaside. She at all times had her toes within the sand. She liked the waves.”
Friday’s slaying got here after Buchannan had lately reentered Pattelena’s life, the newspaper reported.
“She simply actually liked him,” mentioned Pattelena’s good friend, Melissa Matranga. “She noticed good in him when there actually was no good in him. She simply wished to imagine that he was her soulmate.”
Buchannan pleaded responsible in 2017 to assaulting and kidnapping Pattelena, alongside with her two sons from earlier relationships, courtroom information cited by the Globe present. He was sentenced to two years in jail after Pattelena instructed cops he attacked her and wouldn’t let her youngsters go away her dwelling in Lawrence, the newspaper reported.
An internet fundraiser arrange to offset Pattelena’s funeral prices surpassed $38,000 as of Tuesday. The only mom is survived by her three sons, Bobby, 17, Noah, 14, and 2-year-old Jaxson.
“My greatest good friend’s life was taken away due to home violence,” Matranga wrote.
“Her life was taken too quickly and we’re all nonetheless in shock.”