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Charges Upgraded Against Suspects In Deaths of Watertown Mother And Son

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Claude Turner,  Elizabeth Swiderski (Courtesy Watertown Police)

Claude Turner, Elizabeth Swiderski (Courtesy Watertown Police)

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A suspect held in Maryland on charges in connection with the motor vehicle missing from a Watertown home where the bodies of a mother and son were found now faces capitol felony murder and other charges in the deaths of the two.

58-year-old Donna Bouffard and 25-year-old Michael Perkins had been dead up to five days before their bodies were found July 7.  Their vehicle was missing,  later recovered in Norwich.

Watertown Police say 36-year-old Claude Turner is charged with two counts of murder as well as “capitol felony murder with special circumstances,”  charges of larceny, credit card theft and illegal use of a credit card,  and with tampering with evidence.  His bond was set at $2 million.

His wife,  Elizabeth Swiderski Turner,  also held in Maryland,  is charged with larceny, forgery and other  charges,  Her bond was set at $350,000.

The two are held in the Baltimore city jail while arrangements are being made to transfer them back to Connecticut in the next week.  Police say they had been living in the Bouffard-Perkins home.

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