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Groton man charged in stabbing death of wife

Gregory Fairbairn, 62, is being held and will be arraigned Monday in Ayer

Yellow police tape blocks the driveway to the crime scene.
SUN/Nicole DeFeudis
Yellow police tape blocks the driveway to the crime scene.

A 62-year-old Groton man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing his 57-year-old wife prior to calling police Saturday afternoon and reporting that the wife was unresponsive, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office said.

Gregory Fairbairn, of 747 Lowell Road, Groton, is being held at the Middlesex County Jail & House of Correction pending arraignment Monday in Ayer District Court.

It was Fairbairn who called Groton Police on Saturday about 5:30 p.m. and reported that his wife was unresponsive, according to a press release. Police responded and found Fairbairn’s wife, Mary Fairbairn, dead inside the home from apparent stab wounds, according to a press release.

Fairbairn was arrested at the scene and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Those charges are expected to be upgraded once a cause and manner of death are determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to a press release.

The incident is being investigated as an apparent homicide by Groton Police, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, state police detectives attached to the DA’s office, and the State Police Crime Scene Services Section.

The couple’s home is located down a long, shared driveway off Lowell Road (Route 40) in Groton.

One neighbor, Alyssa Dallas, said she will remember Mary Fairbairn as “a caring, kind person.”

She said the Fairbairns were reserved and kept to themselves. But Mary Fairbairn always looked out for Dallas and her family — from making sure the driveway was plowed, to keeping an eye on the family’s chickens.

“Every interaction I had with her was good,” Dallas said, her eyes welling with tears. “She was salt of the earth.” Mary Fairbairn had recently left flowers on Dallas’s front porch.

Dallas said she had noticed some conflict between the couple recently. She would notice fast, seemingly angry driving down the shared driveway.

“I want the woman who lived there (Mary Fairbairn) to be known for who she was as a person,” Dallas said. In the last text she received from the victim, Mary Fairbairn thanked Dallas for being a good neighbor. “I wish I knew her better,” Dallas said.

The apparent slaying would be the second fatal domestic violence incident in recent weeks in Greater Lowell.

Jennifer Kalicki, 39, of Tewksbury, who worked at the Tewksbury State Hospital, was found dead in her Archstone Avenue apartment on Sept. 15. Her boyfriend, Eric Griffin, 40, of Tewksbury, has been charged with assault and battery on a household or family member in connection with Kalicki’s death.

Griffin is being held without bail as the investigation into the case continues.

Fairbairn’s death also comes just over two years after Orion Krause, 23, of Maine, allegedly killed his mother, maternal grandparents, and a home health aide inside the grandparents’ home at 40 Common St., Groton, on Sept. 8, 2017.

Krause allegedly used a baseball bat to kill Elizabeth Krause, of Rockport Maine; Elizabeth and John Lackey, of Groton, and home health aid Bertha Mae Parker, of Groton.

Krause continues to be held without bail in Bridgewater State Hospital as he faces four counts of murder in an incident that shocked the small town. Krause was determined to be mentally competent to stand trial in the case in October 2017, but he continues to be evaluated and treated at Bridgewater.