PITTSFIELD — Friends and relatives continued to show their support Monday for Charlene Grandson Martin, who is accused of stabbing her husband to death.
About 20 supporters of the 45-year-old Pittsfield woman filled the spectator's area in District Court for her pre-trial hearing Monday, wearing white T-shirts with "Free Charlene" printed on the front and "We Love You" on the back.
As Grandson Martin was led out of the courtroom, she raised her handcuffed hands and waved to her supporters, many of whom responded by saying "I love you."
Grandson Martin is accused of killing her husband, 49-year-old Arthur Martin, in their Riverview Homes apartment on Feb. 6.
Grandson told police the couple were "joking around," and "somehow he got stabbed."
Arthur Martin was stabbed in his upper left thigh. The knife severed or lacerated his femoral artery — a major blood vessel that starts in the lower abdomen and leads into the thigh — according to a preliminary police report.
On Monday, Assistant District Attorney Kelly Mulcahy Kemp said her office plans to present the evidence against Grandson Martin to a Berkshire County grand jury.
At defense attorney Nathaniel Greene's request, the court scheduled a probable-cause hearing for April 10. If the grand jury doesn't return an indictment against Grandson Martin, Greene can use the probable-cause hearing to argue whether his client should continue to be held in custody.
During her arraignment Feb. 9, Grandson Martin pleaded not guilty to one count of murder as her supporters packed the courtroom.
After the arraignment, Grandson Martin was held without the right to bail without prejudice, meaning the matter could be argued at a later date. If Grandson Martin is indicted, she will be arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court, and another bail hearing will take place.
According to a police report, Grandson Martin and her husband had "a documented history of domestic troubles" between them.
The maximum penalty for murder in Massachusetts is life without parole.