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Victim’s brother lunges at murder suspect

Police say defendant and dead man had been drinking

As Peter Deconinck stood with his attorney (far left) during his arraignment in the stabbing death of Ronald Russo, a family member of Russo lunged toward Deconinck as a court officer held him back.Matt Stone/POOL/Boston Herald/POOL
Peter DeconinckMatt Stone/POOL/Boston Herald/POOL

The accused killer of a Winthrop man appeared Monday in Chelsea District Court, where the gruesome details of the savage stabbing prompted the victim's brother to lunge at the suspect as he stood in the prisoner's dock.

Court officers descended on the brother of slaying victim Ronald Russo, 50, pulled him out of the courtroom, and brought him under control, according to broadcasts of the court event. The incident took place during the arraignment of Peter Deconinck, 46, who pleaded not guilty to murder charges and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail by Judge Michele Hogan.

According to the prosecution, Russo, Deconinck, and a third man had spent hours drinking together in a Revere mobile home, during which tempers and physical confrontations flared between Russo and Deconinck.


At one point, the third man later told authorities, he stepped out of the trailer's main room and returned a short time later and discovered the men fighting; each had armed himself with a knife. Fearing for his safety, the third man fled, said Assistant Suffolk District Attorney Masai King.

Revere police responded to the 400 block of Revere Beach Parkway, where they found Russo lying in a blood-stained trailer, a knife still in his hand. He had been stabbed 69 times, authorities said.

A short time later Saturday night, Deconinck was captured at the Beachmont Blue Line station covered with blood, prosecutors said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of cuts on his calf and hand.

Deconinck was allegedly unruly at the scene and threatened to kill police officers, according to a statement by Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office.

At the hospital, Deconinck allegedly told investigators he had been drinking with Russo earlier in the night and that he was stabbed or shot in the leg as he attempted to run out of the trailer, prosecutors said. He denied killing Russo, authorities said.


Deconinck is scheduled to be back in court Sept. 26.

The victim's brother, identified as Thomas Russo, 51, was arraigned later Monday on charges associated with his disruption of the court proceeding; he was also charged with resisting arrest. Russo was released on his own recognizance and ordered to stay away from the defendant's family.

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