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Attleboro man arraigned for alleged murder of his brother

By Michael Oliveira


James McCormick of Attleboro is facing several charges following the alleged May 27 murder of his brother Richard McCormick, of North Attleborough. 

James was arraigned earlier this week and is being held without bail. He is charged with armed assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

According to police records, the alleged murder happened in a mobile home park off 6 Melissa Drive, Attleboro, the morning of May 27. James is accused of stabbing his brother 8-10 times in the head, neck, chest and right arm following a verbal altercation between the two outside of James’ mobile home. 

Both men were reportedly intoxicated at the time of the argument, according to police reports. It was James’ girlfriend, identified through reports as Dawn Dore, who called police, who arrived at 3:48 a.m. 

Richard was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital after being found on the ground outside of the mobile home and pronounced dead 30 minutes later.

According to reports, Richard arrived at the mobile home the evening of May 26 to pick up a truck from James. The vehicle belonged to their late father. The two left together to get the truck in North Attleborough, after which James was supposed to get a ride home from his nephew. Dore confirmed to police that the two were gone for approximately six hours, and during that time she became worried and attempted to call James several times. 

Dore told police that she awoke at 3 a.m. on May 27 when the two returned in the truck. 

According to the police reports, Dore heard a loud argument from the two brothers outside of her and James’ home. James’ girlfriend tried to intervene, and was allegedly accidentally punched in the face by Richard and fell to the ground.

Dore said the two began fighting and she observed James allegedly stab Richard twice. James has told the police that he was defending his girlfriend as he claimed his brother was standing over her with a weapon.

According to the police report, James was quoted talking to his girlfriend after the incident occurred, saying “So you’re not gonna help me and tell me it’s self-defense? He tried to stab me.”

As James was being placed under arrest, police found a fixed blade located in a sheath that was attached to James’ waistband.

James uttered the words “he tried to attack her,” “I held him off,” “not my fault he went after my girlfriend,” according to reports.

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