Montague man arraigned on murder charge

Elijah Michonski, 18, of Montague was arraigned remotely in Greenfield District Court July 6 on murder and related charges in connection with a July 3 stabbing incident on Randall Road in Montague.

One victim, Nicholas Weir, 41, died as a result of his injuries.  The second victim, Teresa Weir, 39, remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.  Michonski is Teresa Weir’s nephew.

Michonski, who  pleaded not guilty to the charges listed below, was ordered held without bail.  He will return to court on August 25, 2020, for a pretrial conference.

Judge Laurie MacLeod presided over the arraignment.  First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne represented the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office.  Attorney Jennifer Cox was appointed to represent Michonski.

The criminal complaint against Michonski charges him with:

  • 1 count murder 
  • 2 counts aggravated assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (knife) 
  • 2 counts armed assault with intent to murder 
  • 2 counts home invasion 
  • 1 count breaking and entering daytime with intent to commit a felony
  • 1 count motor vehicle larceny

Michonski is alleged to have forced his way into the Weirs’ residence last Friday evening, after which he stabbed the victims with two knives.  He allegedly then stole their car and fled from the scene, but was apprehended in a neighboring town a short while later. 

Michonski is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.