Son accused of using dumbbell in killing of 70-year-old father

EAST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — A 70-year-old East Bridgewater man died after he was found with “significant head trauma” Monday night. His son was arrested and charged with the crime.

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office, East Bridgewater police were called to do a well-being check around 6:30 p.m. at 137 Cedar St.

Inside, they found Stephen Walcott Sr with apparent head trauma. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Court papers said a neighbor called police after noticing Stephen Walcott Jr.’s vehicle parked at his father’s house, then saw after it was gone that interior lights were off.

East Bridgewater Police put a Be on the Lookout (BOLO) message for a vehicle driven by Walcott, according to the police report.

Detectives spotted the white Lincoln heading for his registered address, in Brockton.

Walcott’s mother told police he suffers from bipolar disorder, according to court papers.

Police arrested 42-year-old Stephen Walcott at his home in Brockton where his mother also lives.

Walcott Jr. allegedly told police that his mother needs counseling, before saying “she already knows”. A detective asked, what Walcott was referring to, and court papers say he replied, “That I killed my father.”

Walcott Jr. appeared in court Tuesday where a plea of not-guilty was entered on his behalf for a murder charge.

Boston 25 News spoke to the victim’s daughter, Lisa Walcott, at her father’s home Tuesday morning.

“He was the best guy ever and he’s never going to be replaced,” Walcott said. “He was just the sweetest guy you’d ever want to know. He’d do anything for anybody. He didn’t deserve this.”

“We knew it was going to happen,” Walcott said. “We tried to get him help, but we knew it was going to happen, we just couldn’t do anything.”

Stephen Walcott Jr.’s attorney said in court that his client has been hospitalized at multiple mental health facilities since June of 2020.

Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz said he expects mental illness to be part of the defense of Walcott.

“That’s why it’s important to look at all the facts that were relayed into the courtroom, that he was cogent, that he was making comments to the police officers and the statements that he made, where the statements he made,” Cruz added.

East Bridgewater police confirmed there hasn’t been a homicide in the town since 1992.

Walcott Jr. was held without bail and is scheduled to appear in for a probable cause hearing on March 8th.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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