The man wanted for the stabbing deaths of an elderly couple in Massachusetts following an altercation about a barking dog has been apprehended in Florida, police said.
On Thursday night around 8:20, police took Christopher Keeley, 27, into custody. at Miami Beach, Florida, more than 1,500 miles away from Marshfield, where he is accused of murdering Carl and Vicki Mattson, both 70, with a hammer, according to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office.
After an altercation over the dog’s barking, police suspect Keeley murdered the couple.
According to court documents obtained by CBS, the alleged brute had been staying in the Gotham Hill Drive house of the Mattsons as a favor to a family member but was recently ordered to leave.
CBS reports that Keeley was worried he might be homeless after a woman in nearby Weymouth pondered taking him in but ultimately decided against it.
According to court documents, Keeley told a buddy that he attacked the couple after an argument over a barking dog. Keeley has confessed to feeling violent, especially toward the Mattson’s. The buddy who called for the welfare check on the couple said Keeleky was acting “crazy” and was notorious for always having knives on him.
The bodies of the couple were discovered by police on Tuesday night; however, authorities think they had been attacked the previous week. If Vicki Mattson were still alive today, she’d be 71 years old.
The district attorney claimed that a dog that had been reported missing was also found dead inside the residence. No one knows who owned the dog or why it was killed.
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When Keeley gets into a dispute with someone, she often responds with violence.
According to The Patriot Ledger, Keeley smashed his grandmother’s car window when he was 18 years old because the two of them had battled over a phone charger. He’s facing charges of vandalism against a car.
At least two other significant legal encounters occurred during Keeley’s lifetime. The publication states that he was arrested in 2016 at the age of 21 for plotting and participating in a mass beatdown of a man with autism, during which he stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet. Keeley was apparently deemed “to be dangerous” by a judge in Massachusetts and given a custodial term of 18 months.
Keeley was recently arrested on narcotics charges after police said he had Xanax and marijuana in his vehicle. According to court records obtained by Ledger, he was charged with marijuana possession.
The next step in the legal process for Keeley will be an extradition hearing in Florida before she can face charges in Massachusetts.