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Man indicted on murder charge in fatal stabbing of Fitchburg teenager

A Worcester County grand jury indicted a 22-year-old Fitchburg man on a murder charge Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of a teenager in March, officials said.

Jose Ramos Solis is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Gadiel Maria during an altercation in the area of Spruce and Salem streets in Fitchburg shortly before midnight on March 18, Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early’s office said in a statement.

Maria reportedly drove himself to another location and was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. The Chief Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and ruled Maria’s death a homicide.

Solis was previously arraigned in district court on March 23 on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and was ordered held without bail. The charge was dismissed when he was arraigned for a second time on April 4 and was charged with murder.


Solis will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date, the statement said.

Maria’s death remains under investigation by Fitchburg police, State Police, and the district attorney’s office.

Nick Stoico can be reached at nick.stoico@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @NickStoico.