Husband is held in wife’s death

Couple lived in Shrewsbury

By Steven H. Foskett Jr.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette / February 5, 2010

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SHREWSBURY - A local man was charged in the killing of his wife after he called police yesterday to report that the couple had fought and that she had stopped breathing.

Keith Rosiello, 44, called police about 1 p.m. after the dispute with his wife, Maureen Rosiello, 44.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said at a press conference that Rosiello met Shrewsbury police officers and firefighters outside his home and that he had stayed on the phone with a police dispatcher for several minutes.

Early did not elaborate on the details surrounding Maureen Rosiello’s death, but the district attorney’s spokesman, Timothy J. Connolly, said that she showed obvious signs of injury.

Early said that while speaking with the dispatcher, Rosiello said he wanted to talk to a lawyer. He was taken to the police station, where he was arrested and charged with murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Westborough District Court.

The couple have two children, ages 12 and 6, according to Early. He said the children were staying with family last night. The state medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy. Police Chief James Hester said the couple had no history with police.

Police remained in front of the house last night. Several residents in the suburban neighborhood said they did not know the Rosiellos well, but said they seemed friendly in passing.

Alan McDonald and his wife, Grace, live next door, and he said the couple seemed happy and friendly. He said that Keith Rosiello grew up in Shrewsbury and that Maureen Rosiello stayed at home with the children.

“They’re a quiet, regular couple,’’ Alan McDonald said.

Grace McDonald said she never heard the couple fighting. “She seemed so quiet,’’ she said of Maureen Rosiello.

According to state land records, Keith Rosiello bought the house at 32 Deerfield Road from John and Margret Rosiello in 1997. Alan McDonald said he believed Rosiello bought the house from his parents.