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Man charged with murder in Lynn knife fight

A Lynn man has been charged with murdering a 27-year-old Dedham man after a domestic dispute in Lynn over a pair of shoes escalated into a knife fight.

Isaac Hendricks, 32, was held without bail at his arraignment today in Lynn District Court for the slaying of Jonathan Laporte.

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Laporte’s girlfriend, Keysha Torres, and the wife of Isaac Hendricks, Shanequa Hendricks, got in an argument on Facebook over a pair of children’s shoes. It was not immediately clear what exactly the two women were disputing about the shoes.

The online fight escalated into a physical one when Torres travelled to the Hendricks’ home with Laporte on Sunday morning. Torres began banging on the house, said Essex County district attorney’s spokeswoman Carrie Kimball-Monahan.

Shanequa Hendricks answered the door armed with a machete, and the two woman began a verbal scuffle. Laporte then came outside onto the porch, at which time Isaac Hendricks allegedly confronted him physically, and Laporte was stabbed.

Laporte was found at 7:25 a.m. Sunday with multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:15 a.m.

A knife and machete were found at the scene.

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Torres has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and vandalism, prosecutors said. It was not immediately clear whom Torres allegedly attacked.

Torres was held on $10,000 cash bail at her arraignment hearing today in Lynn District Court. If she makes bail, she is to have a 24-hour home confinement and a GPS tracker, Kimball-Monahan said. She will return to court on Jan. 24 for a probable cause hearing.

Hendricks will return to court on Jan. 23rd for a probable cause hearing.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty to their charges in court.

No further details were immediately available.

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