A Massachusetts detective allegedly murdered his wife and then staged it to look like a suicide — so he could be with his lover and still keep his pension, according to prosecutors.
Brian Fanion, 55, was a detective for the Westfield Police Department when his wife, Amy Fanion, was shot dead with his service weapon in May 2018 when he was home for his lunch break, the Hampden District Attorney says.
Her death was initially investigated as a self-inflicted gunshot wound — but forensic experts realized that the trajectory of the bullet made a suicide “impossible,” Assistant District Attorney Mary Sandstrom told Hampden Superior Court on Thursday, according to MassLive.
The investigation then discovered that he was having an affair — and feared losing half his pension if he divorced his wife, the prosecutor said, as Fanion was arraigned on first-degree murder charges.
“There was only one way to enjoy his retirement and his new love affair … that was to kill his wife,” Sandstrom told Judge Frank E. Flannery.
Sandstrom said Fanion began an affair with another woman two months before his wife’s death, the court was told, with Google searches on his computer including the impact of divorce on one’s pension.
“Mere hours before her murder he was looking for apartments,” Sandstrom said, according to MassLive.
Defense attorney Jeffrey Brown had denied the former cop was having an affair, and insisted his wife had well-documented struggles with depression.
“They’re not interested in the truth here,” Brown told the hearing.
He also insisted that Fanion was supported by his two children and his late wife’s family, according to the report.
“Not a one of them thinks that Brian Fanion has it in him to kill his wife,” Brown said.
Fanion, who since retired from the force, was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday. He was ordered held without bail until his next court date on Jan. 9.
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