For Immediate Release - March 09, 2012

Man Found Guilty of Murdering His Wife

A Salem Superior Court jury found Craig Mulgrave, 35, guilty of murder in the first degree in the 2010 brutal stabbing of his wife Christina Mulgrave this afternoon.  The jury returned their verdict after deliberating since Tuesday afternoon following a week-long trial.

Judge David Lowy sentenced Mulgrave to the mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possiblity of parole.  Prior to the sentencing, Christina Mulgrave's mother Mary Fidler, her sister Michelle Gonzalez, her daughter Nicole McCain and her son Evan McCain read victim witness impact statements to the court.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Melissa Woodard, who was second seated by Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall, proved that Craig Mulgrave stabbed his wife Christina to death on February 9, 2010 in their Haverhill apartment with extreme atrocity and is therefore guilty of murder in the first degree.

Defense Attorney Edward Hayden had argued that Mulgrave was suffering from depression prior to the slaying and therefore could only be found guilty on second-degree murder which allows for the possiblity of parole after 15 years.

Woodard praised the work of Victim Witness Advocate Kathy Draper, Massachusetts State Police Trooper Joshua Ulrich, Haverhill Police Detective Joseph Benedetti and Sargeant Dana Burrill, and Massachusetts Crime Lab, Crime Scene Services and Office of the Medical Examiner.

“What happened to Christina Mulgrave is a horrific reminder that domestic violence is deadly,” said District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett as he urged victims of domestic violence and/or their family members or friends to contact a domestic violence agency for help.  “I want to commend the work of ADA Woodard and the entire trial team who were able to obtain some justice for Christina Mulgrave’s family today.”