Former Westborough man told police he intended to kill mother, records say

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Former Westborough man told police he intended to kill mother, records say
Daniel Uhlman (Photo/Courtesy Marlborough Police Department)

MARLBOROUGH – A former Westborough resident has been charged with killing his mother.

Daniel Uhlman, 53, of Marlborough, was arraigned in Marlborough District Court on Friday, June 2. He was charged with armed assault to murder a person over 60 years of age;  two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60. 

On Thursday, June 1, Marlborough Police were called to the Holiday Inn on Lakeside Avenue. According to police reports and court documents, Uhlman was in the lobby, with blood on his hands and arms. He allegedly told hotel staff that he had just killed his mother.

Police went to the back of the hotel, where they found the body of Nancy Uhlman, 82, of Westborough. According to reports, she was “laying on the ground with significant trauma.” She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from Patriot Ambulance; her body was later transported by the state’s Medical Examiner’s office.

During the arraignment, prosecutor Megan McGovern confirmed that it was a homicide.

According to reports, Uhlman, who had been staying at the hotel since the end of May, had called his mother to come over; he told police he intended to kill her. Uhlman had grabbed a butter knife a few days before with the intent “to stab someone in the area,” the court documents said.

Nancy Uhlman arrived around 10:30 a.m., and they talked and smoked cigarettes in her truck for a while. Around 12:30 p.m., court documents stated Uhlman pulled his mother out of the driver’s seat of the truck, then slammed her head on the ground multiple times. He told responding officers that he stabbed her about 10 times. 

He got back into the truck and ran over her twice, according to court documents. He then drove the truck to the front of the hotel and went into the lobby.

Hilary Novak, a forensic psychologist, told the court that Uhlman has bipolar disorder, and has had hallucinations to harm himself and others.

He pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail. Uhlman was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for evaluation; he will be returned to court on June 21.

Previous incident

In February 2014, Westborough police were called to a residence on Haskell Street on a report of an assault. Nancy Uhlman was found with stab wounds to her head and torso, along with other injuries. She told police her son, Daniel had attacked her, but he had fled the scene. He was located, covered in blood, about a half-mile from the house.

Uhlman was charged with assault with intent to murder, assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and mayhem.

According to a 2014 report in the Telegram and Gazette, Uhlman pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60.

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