WOBURN, Mass. - A Winchester, Mass. man charged with killing his mother and her two cats has been ordered held without bail.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 46-year-old Matthew McAveeney at his arraignment Wednesday in Woburn District Court on murder and animal cruelty charges.
Prosecutors say he killed 70-year-old Barbara McAveeney, whose body was found Oct. 14 in her Winchester condominium.
Matthew McAveeney fled Massachusetts and was arrested a week ago in a store parking lot in Belmont, North Carolina.
The medical examiner determined the cause of Barbara McAveeney's death was blunt force trauma to the head.
Matthew McAveeney apologized as he was returned to Massachusetts on Tuesday night and again in court.
"To my mother Barbara McAveeney and to her cats Pumpkin and Puffy McAveeney, I apologize deeply. Sometimes I get out of control," Matthew McAveeney told reporters, according to CBS Boston.
The station also reports he told the judge that he did not want his court-appointed attorney and asked for details of the murder to be read aloud. Both requests were denied.
He was initially charged with armed assault with intent to murder, but the charge was upgraded.