NORTH ADAMS — A man already charged with severely beating his wife, inflicting injuries that put her into a coma and led to her death, now faces a murder charge.

A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Michael Cook in the killing of Charli Cook, more than 15 months after his arrest.

Charli Cook died last December at the age of 41 after spending nearly five months in a coma.

“Our thoughts remain with Charli Cook’s family and friends,” Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said in a statement Thursday. “I thank the grand jurors for their careful consideration of the facts as investigators, prosecutors, and advocates continue to seek justice for this horrific crime."

Michael Cook has remained in custody without the right to bail since his arrest following the alleged assault on his wife in North Adams on July 11, 2019.

In the months after the incident, Harrington’s office secured indictments charging Cook with assault to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household member and armed assault with intent to murder.

North Adams police arrested Cook soon after the alleged assault at an address on Chase Avenue. Charli Cook was unresponsive when an ambulance crew arrived. She was taken first to Berkshire Medical Center and later transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where she died Dec. 1, 2019.

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Investigations editor

Larry Parnass, investigations editor, joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant and CommonWealth Magazine.