Enfield Police have charged the granddaughter of one of the victims in a double homicide that occurred over the weekend with two counts of murder, according to WTNH News.
At around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 8, Enfield Police said they were called to Alden Ave. for a well-being check. Police say a person reported hearing a disturbance inside one of the units of a multi-family home. The witness told police they could hear the upstairs neighbor yelling for help.
According to the incident report, police observed a large piece of broken glass and a small metal object at the bottom of the stairs leading up to the second-floor apartment.
Enfield Police told WTNH News that they found two victims, a couple, inside the apartment unit. They kicked in the door when they saw the female victim on the floor. Both victims were found with lacerations on their upper bodies.
The man, later identified as 63-year-old James Samuel Bell, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, identified as 72-year-old Maryrose Riach, was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, MA, where she later died.
According to NBC Connecticut, when police entered the apartment, they found Harlee Swols, 22, of Enfield inside. Police reported that Swols is the granddaughter of Riach.
Police said Swols came through a door into the kitchen area of the apartment while officers were there. According to court documents, officers could hear a shower running in the bathroom Swols had come from and that she was soaking wet in full clothes with water and “a blood like substance.”
Riach reportedly had 22 sharp force injuries, and Bell had 30 stab wounds. The medical examiner told NBC Connecticut that both victims had lacerations on their throats.
According to police, Swols had blood all over her clothes and was showing no sign of emotions.
According to an affidavit released by the police, Swols agreed to speak to detectives on the incident that night. She said she was invited over to pick up some items when “things got out of hand.” When asked by detectives what she meant, she reportedly said she does not remember.