Thursday May 3, 2012

SAUGUS (AP) -- A Lynn man has told authorities he cut the throats of his mother and grandmother, who were both found dead near a local school, according to court documents.

Joseph Wright, 23, of Lynn was captured Tuesday after he attempted to flee to Canada.

He agreed during a hearing Wednesday to return to Massachusetts to face murder charges in the deaths of his mother Donna Breau, 54, and his grandmother, Melba Trahant, 83.

Wright was taken into custody Tuesday after he crossed from Maine into Canada at about 5 p.m.

Investigators said he tried to flee in his vehicle when officials on the Canadian side of the border tried to question him, said Shelbe Benson-Fuller, spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Wright then abandoned his vehicle about two miles from the border and ran into the woods before the Royal Canadian Mounted Police caught him, she said.

Authorities took Wright to Houlton, Maine, on Wednesday.

During a brief hearing before a judge via video conference, he agreed to return to Massachusetts.