Husband denies brutally killing Lynn elementary school teacher


BOSTON - The husband of a Massachusetts elementary school teacher found strangled and stabbed in the face and neck with a trash bag over her head has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Andrew MacCormack was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Tuesday in Suffolk Superior Court.

The 29-year-old McCormack was indicted Oct. 31 in the death of 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack, a Lynn teacher found dead in September in the couple's Revere home.

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Prosecutors say a cocaine dealer told them Andrew MacCormack spent $400 to $500 a week on drugs. Prosecutors say MacCormack's wife threatened to consult a divorce lawyer in August.

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Prosecutors say he left the house with their 1-year-old daughter after the killing and went to buy cocaine. The home had been cleaned with bleach.

MacCormack's lawyer says his client denies the charges.

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