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Mass. teen accused of shooting mom, burying body in backyard

Beth Spartichino CBS/WBZ

Mass. teen accused of shooting mom, burying body in backyard
Beth Spartichino
CBS/WBZ

(CBS/WBZ/AP) EASTON, Mass. - A 17-year-old from southeastern Massachusetts is being held on $500,000 bail for allegedly shooting his mother in the back and burying her body in a shallow grave in her backyard.

Matthew Worster pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Taunton District Court on Thursday on a charge of armed assault with intent to murder.

Prosecutors say autopsy results will dictate if the charges will be upgraded to murder.

According to CBS affiliate WBZ, Worster's mother, 42-year-old Beth Spartichino, had recently divorced her husband and Worster moved in with his father.

Police received a call Wednesday night reporting Spartichino was missing.

An investigation led to Worster's arrest hours later and the discovery of his mother's body early Thursday.

A state police bomb squad was called in after officers found gunpowder and other dangerous materials at the home.

  • Edecio Martinez

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