Westfield man accused of killing “girlfriend” held without bail

Blake Scanlon arraignment

A Westfield man is being held without bail after he allegedly killed a woman he was in a relationship with on Sunday. 

During an arraignment on Monday at the Westfield District Court, a not guilty plea was entered on behalf of 23-year-old Blake Scanlon, who is facing charges including murder, domestic assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. 

According to the Hampden County DA’s office, Scanlon was arrested and taken into police custody on Sunday after police were called to 92 White Street on a report of a man who said he was seriously injured.

A documented police complaint on the incident states that after Scanlon called police, he texted his mother confessing to the crime and saying, “Im sorry.” Scanlon included in the text message that he had found out “Alexis” was cheating.

When police arrived, they found 20-year-old Alexis Avery of Westfield, dead from “apparent stab wounds.” 

The Hampden County DA’s office said Scanlon was also found in the apartment “with what appeared to be self-inflicted lacerations.” He was taken to Baystate Noble Hospital for evaluation. 

According to court documents obtained by 22News, Avery was confirmed dead after police noticed a large amount of blood on the kitchen floor inside the apartment, where she was laying. She suffered at least one large puncture wound to the upper abdomen. A knife that “appeared to have blood on it, in close proximity,” was also discovered.

Police determined that Avery was the “live in girlfriend” of Scanlon, and that “there had been at least one prior restraining order listing the defendant as such, in the order,” after further investigation into the murder. 

The court document also states that Scanlon and Avery shared a young daughter together. There is currently no word on the child’s status or whereabouts.

The investigation into Avery’s murder is still ongoing by the Westfield Police Department and the DA’s office.

Scanlon is scheduled to be back in court on February 11.

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