Vanessa MacCormack, a teacher at William P. Connery Elementary School in Massachusetts, was known as “the world’s best mother” by those close to her.
But in September, her life was cut short.
According to The Boston Globe, the teacher and mother had threatened to divorce her husband, 29-year-old Andrew MacCormack, because he had a drug problem. But he told her that he “wasn’t signing anything.”
A month later, Vanessa was found dead in her home.
She had been strangled with “pretty extreme force” and sustained stab wounds to the neck and face.
The medical examiner ruled that “a combination of all these different types of violence killed Vanessa,” People reports.
Her husband claimed he had walked into the home to find her lifeless on the floor, but prosecutors painted a much different picture.Vanessa MacCormack/Facebook
In court Tuesday, they claimed that Andrew killed his wife in the morning and then left the house with their 1-year-old daughter.
According to the New York Post, prosecutors said the husband spent the day out and then went to meet up with his drug dealer around 2:15 p.m.
He claimed he discovered his wife’s body upon returning home.
But investigators later found traces of blood in his SUV and noted that parts of the home had been scrubbed with bleach.
According to the Globe, many of her family members heard some of the more-grueling details of their loved one’s death for the first time on Tuesday when they attended the court hearing.
And some of them had a strong reaction to the accused killer.
One man in the family reportedly yelled, “Don’t even look at us,” at Andrew. At one point, someone even shouted, “Scumbag!” according to the New York Post.
During the court session, the judge denied the husband’s request for $50,000 bail, prompting one of Vanessa’s family members to yell, “Yes!” and throw her fist in the air.
The next hearing is scheduled for December.
Until then, her family will continue to mourn the loving mother’s loss. The couple’s daughter is now in the care of relatives.