Judge reduces charge against woman in murder trial

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SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> A Springfield judge has reduced a charge against a woman accused of using her vehicle to run down and kill another woman she thought had stolen her boyfriend.

Ana Mercedes Franceschi is currently on trial for murder in the death of 32-year-old Yasmin Marin.

Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Franceschi thought Marin caused the breakup with her boyfriend, and ran her down as the victim crossed the street with her teenage daughter in February 2013.

Franceschi also faced a charge of armed assault with intent to murder, with the weapon being the vehicle.

The Republican reports a Hampden Superior Court judge last week agreed with Franceschi's lawyer that the charge is not supported by evidence at trial.

He ordered that the charge be reduced to assault with a dangerous weapon.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/


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