Man charged with stepdad's murder appears in court
EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) – A Spencer man who has been charged with killing his 88-year-old stepfather and hiding his body inside their home was arraigned in court Thursday afternoon.
Police said Masiello's mother discovered the victim's body Wednesday morning in a crawlspace underneath the home they all shared.
“The body of Michael Iagallo, 88 years old, was found in a crawlspace beneath the home. His body was covered in plastic in what also appeared to be a blanket,” said Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
The prosecutor said the victims's throat had been slashed.
Masiello was arraigned on multiple charges including murder. A court-appointed doctor said he had seemed to have a substantial mood and perception disorder.
“Your Honor, I understand but I disagree with what the doctor said,” Masiello said in court.
Masiello appeared distracted and continually addressed the court despite his lawyer's advice not to, and the judge strongly encouraging him to listen to his counsel.
“Well, he was very anxious, and obviously, this is a life-altering moment for him and he wanted to address the court and let them know what his feelings were,” said Anthony Salerno, defense attorney.
It isn't Masiello's first run-in with the law. Police say he served time in 1995 for assault and battery, and was arrested again in 2010 for firing off a shotgun from the home.
Masiello's mother did not show up to court Thursday, and his lawyer said he has not mentioned his relationship with his stepfather yet.
“He seems extremely confused. He’s having a real difficult time sorting out what's happening,” Salerno said.
The judge ordered him held without bail. Masiello will undergo further mental evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital to see if he's competent to stand trial.