WESTBORO — The Shrewsbury husband accused of killing his wife apparently ate some of the woman's flesh in the hours before she was discovered dead yesterday afternoon, a prosecutor said in court this morning. Some of the woman's fingers were detached from her hands, the prosecutor said.
Jieming Liu, 79, is accused of killing his wife, Yuee Zhou, 73, at the couple's apartment at 32F Shrewsbury Green Drive. Mr. Liu is charged with her murder.
Mr. Liu, appearing disoriented and wearing a white jumpsuit and no shoes, was arraigned in Westboro District Court this morning. He was ordered to undergo mental health evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital.
During the brief court arraignment, Assistant District Attorney Michael D. McHugh outlined the grisly scene encountered by police yesterday, after authorities were summoned to the apartment by the couple's son. The father, his mouth, hands and face covered with blood, was sitting in a rocking chair, the prosecutor said.
Mr. Liu was represented at the arraignment by Michael Hussey.
The couple's son, who was at the courthouse but not in the courtroom for the arraignment, told authorities that his parents arrived in Shrewsbury from China in November. The son said his mother had voiced concern about the father's health. The son said the father may have had Alzheimer's disease. The son said he made regular checks on his parents.
Police reported no previous problems at the apartment.
Last night, District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said Mrs. Zhou was found on the floor of a bedroom. The area around her body was soaked in blood and the flesh was "stripped" from her left forearm.
Mr. Early said the son had gone to the condominium near White City to check on his parents earlier in the day.
Mr. Early described the scene as particularly gruesome.
Boston police were called in to help translate last night, since the family spoke Mandarin, Mr. Early said. He said Mr. Liu claimed self-defense, and the interview was ended at that point.