Georgetown Man’s Wife Abuse Hearing Continued to Oct. 29

Matthew Church, 33, at his arraignment in Haverhill District Court.

A court hearing scheduled in the case of a Georgetown man accused of physically abusing his wife, who was later found dead in her home, is postponed for a second time.

Matthew Church, 33, of Georgetown, was arraigned Sept. 2 in Haverhill District Court on a charge of assault and battery on a household member after his arrest by Georgetown police the day before during an investigation sparked by a call Church made to his probation officer, who in turn notified police. A dangerousness hearing was scheduled for Tuesday in a continuation to an initial Sept. 8 hearing date.

“His dangerousness hearing was continued to Oct. 29,” Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett, told WHAV.  “He remains held without bail.”

During Church’s arraignment, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kim Faitella told Judge Stephen S. Abany Church reported the victim, later identified as Kate Elizabeth (Lampron) Church, 31, fell and hit her chin on a sink after she had been drinking. However, police found the victim was not under the influence but did suffer other bruises to her arms, legs and back. She refused an emergency medical team’s suggestion to be hospitalized for concern of possible serious internal injury. Police found the victim dead during a return call.