For Immediate Release - August 02, 2016

Man Held Without Bail in Alleged Murder of Estranged Wife

A 50-year old man was arraigned today in Salem District Court for allegedly strangling his estranged wife to death in her Salem home.  Douglas STEEVES is charged with murder and violation of a restraining order.  A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf.  Judge Matthew Machera ordered him held without bail.

Essex Assistant District Attorney AJ Camelio told the court that at approximately 3:45 this morning, the defendant walked into the Salem Police station and told the officer on duty that he had killed his wife.  The officer advised Mr. Steeves his Miranda rights and sent officers to 11 Chandler Street, apartment 3 in Salem.  Officers found the victim, Carmela Saunders, 48, unresponsive in her bed.  She was transported to Salem Hospital where she was pronounced dead.  Preliminary reports indicate that the cause of death was strangulation. 

The victim had obtained a restraining order against the defendant in May.

The defendant is represented by Attorney Ray Buso and is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  A Probable Cause Hearing is scheduled for September 1, 2016.