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Mattapan man indicted in W. Roxbury slaying

A Mattapan man has been indicted on a first degree murder charge in the fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old man in early January, Suffolk prosecutors said.

William Earl, 20, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court in the Jan. 9 stabbing death of Samuel Constant in West Roxbury.

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The slaying was Boston’s first homicide of the year, said Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.

Clerk Magistrate Gary Wilson ordered Earl to continue to be held without bail. Earl was arrested last month and arraigned in West Roxbury District Court. The indictment moved the case to Superior Court, where the case will be tried.

On the day of the killing, Constant’s girlfriend allegedly arrived at her apartment to find her boyfriend and Earl, whom she did not know. Constant and Earl engaged in a physical fight after Earl pulled a knife and repeatedly stabbed at Constant, who tried to dodge the blade, prosecutors said in a statement.

Earl allegedly ran from the apartment, and Constant chased him onto Margaretta Drive.

During the fight, Constant suffered multiple stab wounds that pierced his lung and an artery. He collapsed in a parking lot and died, prosecutors said.

A Longwood Security officer found Earl and apprehended him. He was taken ♥to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for treatment.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
@globe.com
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