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Court docs: Rockland man claimed he fatally stabbed wife over another man

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ROCKLAND, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Police claim a Rockland man admitted to fatally stabbing his wife after he suspected she was cheating with another man.

Emergency crews responded to 189 Moncrief Road just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a woman stabbed. After arriving on the scene, police found a woman, later identified as 52-year-old Patricia Langley, lying in her driveway with a stab wound. Her neighbors were nearby trying to help.

Patricia's husband reportedly found a cell phone of hers with some sexually suggestive text messages, which court documents say led to her husband asking her how her boyfriend was doing. A fight ensued, and Patricia followed her husband to his room with a knife.

The Assistant District Attorney Keith Garland told Patricia's husband's side of the story in court.

“She had come at him with a knife. He had kicked her in the stomach, taken the knife away and stabbed her,” Garland said.

Police say Patricia was stabbed three times and then stumbled to the front lawn.

“Pleading for help. She stated that she could not breath and was going to die,” Garland said.

In court documents released Thursday, investigators allege they asked Patricia what happened while they were applying pressure to her stab wound. She reportedly told them, "My husband stabbed me."

The documents go on to say her husband, Richard Langley, 56, sat by his bleeding wife and was smoking a cigarette. Investigators claim he said, "I did it." They also allege Richard said he hoped she died.

Patricia was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Richard was arrested and charged with her murder.

Patricia was a special education teacher's aide at Rockland Public Schools. A man who identified himself as her brother said she cared for neighborhood children, was active in her church, and was a lifelong resident of Rockland. He also said she had four children.

"The whole school community is deeply saddened by the death of Patricia Langley," said Superintendent John Retchless in a statement released to FOX 25. "She was a wonderful person and a valued employee. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family."

In court Thursday, family members were shaking and crying as the accusations were read aloud, and court documents show the insults didn't end even as Richard was led away in handcuffs. He tried to kick the victim as he passed her.

"Taking a swipe at her, unbelievable,” Plymouth County District Attorney Tim Cruz said.

He is appalled by Richard’s actions and said it's "one of the most vicious cases" he has seen in a long time.

Richard was held without bail and is due back in court July 11.
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