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Stoughton Man Dies After ‘Altercation’ Among Housemates

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STOUGHTON (CBS) — Two Stoughton men have been arrested after an “apparent altercation” among housemates preceding the death of a 52-year-old West Street resident, law enforcement officials reported Sunday night.

On Saturday afternoon, Jonathan Munro, 52, of 275 West St., was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, where he was pronounced dead, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey and Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Munro’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Boston and underwent an autopsy Sunday afternoon, Morrissey and Shastany said. The cause and manner of death remain undetermined, they said.

Two of several adults who live at 275 West St. were placed under arrest and charged with domestic assault and battery. Robert Westbrooks, 50, and Edward Aguiar, 40, both of 275 West St., are each being held on $100,00 cash bail after their arraignment Monday morning.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prosecutors say Munro and Westbrooks had been fighting over unpaid rent when Aguiar jumped on Munro’s back. That’s when he became unresponsive, according to prosecutors.

Lawyers for both men say it’s a case of self-dense.

Under state law, domestic assault and battery applies to those who live together and is not limited to those with relationship or familial connections, Morrissey said.

“This investigation remains very active, and we are awaiting further results of the autopsy.” the DA said.

Westbrooks and Aguiar are scheduled to be back in court December 4.

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