Dorchester Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Another Woman

A judge ordered 34-year-old Marcus Chavis held without bail after he allegedly murdered his wife and another woman Sunday in Dorchester. WBZ-TV's Louisa Moller reports.

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DAVID WADE: Now at 5:00, a killing and a confession. Prosecutors say this Dorchester man admitted in a 911 call that he murdered his wife. They also say he killed a well-known activist in the trans community. Good evening to you, I'm David Wade.

LISA HUGHES: And I'm Lisa Hughes. The women were stabbed to death in a Dorchester home over the weekend. WBZ's Louisa Moller has the latest tonight from Dorchester.

- He didn't deserve to die at all.

LOUISA MOLLER: Two roommates processing the tragedy that occurred inside this Dorchester home. Police say their friend, 42-year-old Jahaira DeAlto, was one of the two women found brutally stabbed to death here Sunday afternoon.

- Honestly, I'm just going through a lot of the stages of grief, mostly disbelief.

- Mr. Chavis, you're being charged with two counts of murder.

LOUISA MOLLER: On Monday, 34-year-old Marcus Chavis was held without bail for their murders. Investigators say Chavis called 911 himself to report he had killed his wife. When they arrived here, they saw blood on Chavis, and two children, ages 7 and 8, inside and unharmed.

Police then discovered DeAlto dead, with multiple stab wounds to her neck, and a small dog alive with a stab wound to its side. Then the children pointed them to where their mother was, 27-year-old Fatima Yasin who was also stabbed several times and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

RACHAEL ROLLINS: Two people lost their lives. And these two children are going to be impacted for the rest of their life with respect to what has occurred. It's horrific.

LOUISA MOLLER: During a police interview, Chavis said he woke up to find his wife bleeding next to him, but didn't know why, only that he was holding the knife. He also said he takes medication for PTSD and schizophrenia. The family had recently moved in with DeAlto.

- She had allowed them or taken them in to stay there.

LOUISA MOLLER: Now a larger community is mourning the loss of DeAlto, a well-known transgender rights activist.

- He was an incredibly caring person, and did so much trying to forward many activist causes.

LOUISA MOLLER: And locally known as the kind woman who sat on her porch and greeted anyone who walked by. The Department of Children and Families is involved, but it's unclear who's caring for the children right now. We're live in Dorchester. Louisa Moller, WBZ News.

DAVID WADE: Louisa, thank you.