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Man arraigned in 69-year-old’s death; Victim tried to aid stabbed woman

A 48-year-old Dorchester man was arraigned in Dorchester District Court yesterday on charges he fatally stabbed a 69-year-old retired mailroom worker over the weekend, police said.

Michael Hart was arrested early yesterday at his home. Prosecutors say he stabbed Tangela Gibson, his girlfriend, Saturday, shortly before killing Beother Billingslea, who attempted to help Gibson.

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Hart pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of murder, armed assault with intent to murder, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said David Procopio, of the Suffolk district attorney’s office. He was held without bail at Suffolk County Jail on Nashua Street.

The violence occurred about 11 p.m. at a rooming house on Millet Street, where Billingslea lived. Gibson, 31, was leaving the house when Hart arrived, Procopio said. The two had an argument and Hart allegedly slashed her neck and then stabbed her in the side and in the leg, after she had fallen.

When Billingslea heard the commotion, Procopio said, he came out of the house and sought to help Gibson. Hart then stabbed Billingslea twice in the chest, puncturing his lungs and heart, once in the abdomen, and twice on the back of his legs, Procopio said. Gibson was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she is expected to survive.

Neither Hart nor his lawyer could be reached last night.

Hart was ordered to be back in court on June 2 for a probable cause hearing, Procopio said.

Police yesterday also identified the victim of a slaying early Friday. Jacques C. Flowers, 37, of Roxbury, died after being shot about 1:30 a.m. on Sumner Street in Dorchester. As of last night, police had not made any arrests in the case.

Also, police had not made any arrests in the stabbing of Shavale Brome, 24, who was killed about 11 p.m. Saturday on Homestead Street in Roxbury.

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