Charges dropped against suspect in Woonsocket murder

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Woonsocket murder suspect Tyler Grenon bail hearing

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — Criminal charges have been dismissed against one of two men previously implicated in the murder of an 81-year-old Woonsocket woman.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office confirmed Monday that Tyler Grenon is no longer facing charges of murder and conspiracy in the death of Constance Gauthier.

Gauthier was found dead inside her Fairfield Avenue home in March 2016. A police warrant later revealed she was stabbed more than 60 times with two different knives.

Grenon has been out on bail since August. He and Matthew Dusseault were arrested the previous month in connection with Gauthier’s murder. Police said they had forensic evidence connecting the two men to the killing but Grenon’s attorney told Eyewitness News there was no physical evidence against his client.

Grenon lived next door to Gauthier at the time of her death and was the one who reportedly found her body, saying he looked into her window out of concern. He was intitially arrested a week later on non-murder charges but those too were dismissed.

Following their arrest last summer, Dusseault blamed Grenon for the stabbing. He admitted to being inside Gauthier’s home but told police he only helped Grenon stage the break-in as a robbery.

Dusseault now remains the lone suspect in the case, however police warrants have indicated others may have been involved.

Detectives are still unclear on a motive for the murder.

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