Saturday, December 14, 2013

Slow Saturday Special: Dentist Gets Drilled

"Dentist indicted in death of wife who fell from window at their Princeton home" Worcester Telegram & Gazette, December 14, 2013

WORCESTER — A Worcester dentist has been indicted on manslaughter and assault charges in the 2011 death of his wife at the couple’s Princeton home.

A Worcester County grand jury handed up indictments Friday charging Roger P. Desilets Jr., 69, with manslaughter and assault and battery in the death of 65-year-old Kathleen M. Desilets, whose body was discovered in the early morning hours of Dec. 6, 2011, beneath a shattered third-floor window at their home on Worcester Road.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 2 in Worcester Superior Court.

Desilets died of blunt trauma of the torso with a laceration of the heart and fractures of the ribs and spine, according to a death certificate.

Roger Desilets told Princeton police who responded to his 911 call that morning that he and his wife had gotten into an argument and that she threatened to jump out of a window.

Desilets said he and his wife of 44 years made up, but that another argument ensued after he made an “off-color” or “sexually demeaning” remark to his wife.

He said she put on her robe and went upstairs to another bedroom.

Later, after hearing noises, Desilets said he went upstairs to find Kathleen Desilets smashing a window with a chair. Desilets related to police that his wife went through the window, either intentionally or as a result of the momentum of breaking the window.

My print article also included this:

According to court documents in the case, Desilets said he and his wife had argued earlier about issues stemming from an extramarital affair he had.

That quarrel led to a "physical altercation" during which his wife struck him, he told investigators.

"We are very disappointed that Dr. Desilets has been indicted in this matter. Dr. Desilets had absolutely no role in his wife's tragic death and this very sad episode ," said Roger Desilets' lawyer, Edward P. Ryan Jr.

"He has been wrongfully accused in this matter, is now presumed to be innocent, and will be vindicated completely after trial," Ryan said.

Roger Desilets' partners at Central New England Endodontics issued a statement of support.


"Princeton dentist indicted in wife's murder two years after she was found dead beneath broken third-floor window" by Daily Mail Reporter

A Princeton dentist was indicted by a grand jury on Friday in the death of his wife whose body was found beneath a broken third-floor window.

Roger Desilets faces manslaughter and assault charges over the death of Kathleen, 65, who died in December 2011.

The jury heard that the dentist had dried blood marks on his face allegedly from where his wife had fought him.

Desilets, 69, told police he and his wife had been fighting since she discovered months earlier that he had been having affair, 7 News reported.

On the night of her death, the couple had fought twice, including one argument when she found out the dentist had been tracking her calls to see if she was also having an affair, according to testimony.

Defence attorney Edward Ryan Jr claimed that when Mrs Desilets found the phone records 'she came downstairs and physically attacked him and gouged his face and broke his glasses'....