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Man accused of killing Brockton woman appears in court

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A man accused of murdering his wife and then trying to escape to Canada faced murder charges in Plymouth Wednesday. 

Jean-Michel Beaulieu, 42, showed little emotion as he was arraigned for the murder of his estranged wife in her Brockton home.

Police say Florence Beaulieu's daughters found their mother's body May 16 after she died of blunt force trauma while trying to get away from her abusive husband.

The victim's best friend says she wanted out.

“She told me she had enough, she was beaten and abused for 15 years. It was enough and it was time to get out of it,” Manouchka Casimir said.

Police say two days before her death, Florence Beaulieu had a restraining order against her husband lifted and was in the process of divorcing him following a marriage filled with violence and abuse.

“The defendant once said he would never sign divorce papers and would kill Florence before they would ever be apart,” prosecuting attorney Jennifer Sprague said.

Police say Beaulieu killed his wife, went to Canada and was arrested when he crossed back into Vermont. He reportedly gave several conflicting stories, but eventually admitted the crime to his sister.

“She asked him several times if he was guilty or not and he said ‘yes I did it,’” Sprague said.

According to family friends, Florence Beaulieu's four children are in Florida with her parents now and a funeral service and burial will be held there later this week.

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