Mount Holyoke professor charged in attempted murder case held without the right to bail


GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Mount Holyoke College professor accused of attacking a colleague with a rock, garden shears, and a fire poker is being held without the right to bail after a dangerousness hearing at Franklin County Superior Court Wednesday morning.

Rie Hachiyanagi, 48, of South Hadley, is charged with armed assault to murder a person over 60, in connection to a December 23-24 incident at the victim’s Leverett home.

The judge ruled there is no condition of release for Hachiyanagi to ensure the safety of the victim. She is being held in the Franklin County House of Correction without bail and is expected back in court for April 22.

According to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, the victim suffered severe injuries in the attack but is expected to survive.

Hachiyanagi is also charged with three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of mayhem, home invasion, and entering a dwelling at night to commit a felony.

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