STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Massachusetts man was in custody in Connecticut on Saturday on charges that he fatally stabbed his girlfriend, a graduate student at Southern Connecticut State University.

The body of 34-year-old Christine DeFelice, who also worked as an exotic dancer at a local club, was found May 22 in her apartment. Police believe she was killed at least a week earlier. Defelice’s body was found the day she was to receive her master’s degree in family therapy at commencement.

Randy Morris, 26, of Fall River, Mass., was picked up at his home Friday morning and charged in her death. He was transported back to Stamford where he is being held on $1 million bond.

Stamford officials announced the arrest during a news conference on Friday.

DeFelice’s mother, two sisters and brother attended.

“She had many friends in the community,” Mayor Dannel Malloy said. “She loved our community and was loved in our community.”

Morris faces charges of first-degree murder and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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