The Grand Jury in Berkshire Superior Court returned a true bill for a homicide charge on Wednesday as the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office continues to seek justice for Charli Cook by obtaining an indictment of Michael Cook for murder.

According to a media release from the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office Thursday, police in North Adams arrested 43-year-old Michael Cook and charged him for the July 11, 2019 assault that hospitalized his wife Charli Cook. Charli Cook died at Baystate Hospital in December due to injuries sustained in the July attack.

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office had previously secured indictments for charges of assault to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a household member, and armed assault with intent to murder. The court previously ordered Mr. Cook detained without the right to bail.

Our thoughts remain with Charli Cook’s family and friends and I thank the grand jurors for their careful consideration of the facts as investigators, prosecutors, and advocates continue to seek justice for this horrific crime. ~ District Attorney Andrea Harrington


Police responded to Chase Avenue in North Adams at approximately 1 a.m. on July 11, 2019 and found 41-year-old Charli Cook unresponsive. Northern Berkshire EMS transported her to Berkshire Medical Center. She died at Baystate Medical Center on December 1, 2019.

About the Berkshire District Attorney's Office:

Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington’s office serves all 32 cities and towns in Berkshire County. The office represents the Commonwealth in more than 7,500 criminal cases per year in Berkshire Superior Court, three district courts, three juvenile courts, Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Supreme Judicial Court. The office works closely with the State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, the Berkshire Law Enforcement Task Force, and collaborates with local police departments across the county. A dedicated staff of more than 50 prioritizes public safety, empowering victims and witnesses through services and support, and building a safe community for everyone and especially the most vulnerable.

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