For Immediate Release - May 20, 2009

Marblehead Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder

Peter Ronchi, 45, of 10 Taft Street, Marblehead, pleaded not guilty to murder today in Salem District Court for the stabbing death of Yuliya Galperina, 42, of 12 Pope Street, Salem, with whom he had a romantic relationship.

Judge Richard Mori ordered Ronchi held without bail and continued the case until June 5 for status.

Salem Police responded to Galperina's residence at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 17, as the result of a 911 call. They found the victim, who was nine months pregnant, deceased. Her unborn baby did not survive. Galperina lived at her residence with her two children, a three year-old girl and eight year-old boy.

At about 4:15 that same afternoon Ronchi approached a police officer in Norwalk, CT, and made statements that prompted Norwalk authorities to contact Salem Police, ultimately resulting in Ronchi's arrest.

Representing the Commonwealth at today's arraignment was Essex Assistant District Attorney Jean M. Curran. Ronchi was represented by Attorney Thomas Barrett of Salem.

The case is being investigated by Salem Police and State Police detectives assigned to the Office of Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett.