Boston's first two homicides of new year happen hours apart
BOSTON (AP) - A 20-year-old Boston man is held without bail after pleading not guilty in a fatal stabbing that was the city's first homicide of the new year.
An apparently unrelated fatal shooting a few hours later was the second killing on the same day that Boston's new police commissioner promised a crackdown on violent crime.
Police say a fight led to the 6 p.m. Thursday stabbing of a 19-year-old man in Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. Twenty-year-old William Earl is charged with murder. Family members of the alleged victim who attended Earl's arraignment identified him as Samuel Constant.
Police say a man also was shot several times in the city's Roslindale section just after 11 p.m. Thursday.
Boston had a 13-year-low of 40 homicides in 2013.
Mayor Martin Walsh named William Evans police commissioner on Thursday.