Suspect in Chester Slaying Released from Hospital

NBC Bay Area

John Belanger, of Chester, the suspect in his wife's death, has been hospitalized since Feb. 25. On Monday, he was released from Yale-New Haven Hospital and is being held on $1 million bond.

Police have called this an apparent case of domestic violence and Bonnie McKay-Belanger was found stabbed to death in her Chester home.

Bonnie McKay-Belanger, 51, called 911 from her Bailey Road home at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 and told dispatchers her husband was forcing his way into her home, according to state police.

She said she had a protective order against him. Then the phone line went dead, according to state police.

Officers arrived to find McKay-Belanger suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was transported to Middlesex Hospital, where she died.

State Police and surrounding police departments began a search for the suspect after discovering the wounded woman and found John Belanger's vehicle on Route 9 near exit 2.

Belanger, 49, was arrested and brought to the Shoreline Clinic by State police to be treated for injuries and taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital. He is expected to recover, according to police. He was charged with murder held at Yale-New Haven Hospital, to be arraigned when he was medically cleared, police said.

That happened on Monday and he will be arraigned at GA #9 in Middletown.

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