Hospital files report on murder suspect’s competency

Defendant charged with stabbing wife to death

Gregory Fairbairn, 62, of Groton, was charged with the murder of his wife in their Lowell Road home.
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GROTON — Bridgewater State Hospital has filed a report on whether Gregory Fairbairn, a 62-year-old Groton man accused of stabbing his wife to death, is competent to stand trial.

The contents of the competency report are currently unknown.

Attorney Arthur Kelly, who represented Fairbairn in a status hearing in Ayer District Court Wednesday, said he has received word that Bridgewater State intends to file a petition that the defendant is incompetent to proceed.

Fairbairn was arrested at his 747 Lowell Road home on Oct. 19, after he reported to police that he had “murdered his wife with a knife,” according to a police report viewed in court.

Police found the victim, Mary Fairbairn, lying on a bed with apparent stab wounds. A pocket knife was found in the defendant’s pants pocket.

In a recorded interview, Fairbain told police that he used the pocket knife to stab his wife multiple times, police reported. An autopsy revealed that Mary Fairbairn was stabbed 27 times.

Fairbairn told police that he is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and hadn’t taken his medicine in five months, a police report states.

The defendant was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and one count of murder. He was ordered held without bail in an Oct. 21 arraignment in Ayer District Court, and sent to Bridgewater State for evaluation.

Judge Margaret Guzman presided over the status hearing Wednesday. She scheduled another status hearing for Dec. 17.