For Immediate Release - March 09, 2009

Thomas E. Ryan was arraigned on a charge of murder in the Nantucket District Court

District Attorney Michael O'Keefe and Nantucket Chief of Police William Pittman announced that Thomas E. Ryan (DOB: 3/21/58) was arraigned today on a charge of murder in the Nantucket District Court before Judge Joseph I. Macy. The defendant was ordered held without bail to appear at a pre-trial conference on Monday, April 13, 2009, in the Nantucket District Court.

On Saturday, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner performed an autopsy on the deceased in Boston and ruled the cause of death to be a single stab wound to the chest.

The case remains under investigation by the Nantucket Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office.

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