Prosecutor: Man disguised as UPS driver killed ex-neighbor

Robert Bonang Braintree Police Arrest
(Photo courtesy Braintree Police Department)



BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his former neighbor when she answered the door at her Braintree home disguised himself as a UPS driver and hid his gun inside a box, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Robert Bonang, who’s charged with killing 59-year-old Laurie Melchionda, was ordered held without bail during his arraignment via videoconference on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty.

Norfolk Assistant District Attorney Greg Connor said a teenager who was babysitting children nearby on Wednesday saw Bonang walk up to Melchionda’s door, wearing a surgical mask and brown jacket and carrying a box. Connor said the teen was walking away with the children when she heard screaming and turned around to see Bonang shooting Melchionda with the gun from the box.

Bonang, who used to live across the street from Melchionda, told the judge he planned to hire private counsel, the district attorney’s office said.

Melchionda was director of health services for the Weston Public Schools and a school nurse at Field Elementary.

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