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Massachusetts man accused of killing woman dies after ingesting battery acid, DA says


A Massachusetts man who was suspected of fatally stabbing a woman has died after telling authorities he ingested battery acid, the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Joao Correia, 56, was taken into custody Wednesday after the woman was found stabbed to death in her driveway in Brockton around 1 p.m., the district attorney’s office said.

When police found Correia in an apartment, he “told investigators that he had ingested battery acid and suffered a medical episode,” the office said in a statement.

Veronica Goncalves.
Veronica Goncalves.WBTS

He was taken to a hospital and died at 9:36 p.m., it said. The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death.

The woman who was killed was identified as Veronica Goncalves, 48. Police believe she and Correia had a prior relationship.

Her nephew said Goncalves was a mother of two and grandmother of a 2-year-old child, NBC Boston reported.

Brockton is a city of around 105,000 residents around 20 miles south of downtown Boston.



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