A man suspected of the murder of a retired schoolteacher in Fairhaven wiwas ordered held without bail.
36-year-old Joshua Silva is charged with the murder and the armed robbery of 69-year-old Joyce Howland on October 14. According to prosecutors outside of court the murder was particularly brutal. Howland was found with a slit throat and a fractured spine.
Howland was an elementary school teacher at East Fairhaven Elementary School before she retired. She was found dead in her Hamlet Street home on October 15.
Prosecutors have not identified a motive for the murder.