Fugitive arrested in Dominican Republic will be arraigned in Boston on murder charge
In a Suffolk Superior Court hearing punctuated by emotional outbursts, a fugitive sought for four years pleaded not guilty Thursday to fatally stabbing 42-year-old Dorchester resident George Sanchez in front of his family in 2014, and was ordered held without bail.
“Today we’re reliving the day he got murdered,” said Damari Sanchez, 28, one of the victim’s daughters. “It’s just a lot of emotions, and it hurts so much to see that man.”
Several members of the Sanchez family vented their anger at Freidy Baez, 30, as they strained to see the suspect, who stood hidden from view in a hallway during the arraignment.
“You’re a coward. You murdered my baby’s father. You’re too scared to face us,” cried Maribel Collazo, Sanchez’s widow, as two bailiffs removed her from a courtroom bench. From her seat, Damari Sanchez turned to the corner where Baez’s family sat and said loudly: “Your family did that.”
Baez was indicted on a second-degree murder charge three months after the Sept. 21, 2014, slaying, in which Sanchez was beaten and stabbed in his left leg in front of his relatives on Ames Street in Dorchester.
“Witnesses at the scene identified the defendant by the street name ‘Tio’ as the individual who stabbed Mr. Sanchez,” Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Julie Higgins told the court. “Based on the investigation, that individual who was known as ‘Tio’ was determined to be Freidy Baez.”
Higgins added that Baez was known to spend time around the Ames Street area, but gave no motive for the killing. Sanchez’s relatives said they did not know Baez.
Investigators have said they believe the defendant fled the United States shortly after the fatal stabbing. He was tracked to the Dominican Republic, and was returned to Boston Thursday morning.
After the hearing, several of Sanchez’s daughters said they were anxious about what they might learn of the killing as the trial approaches.
“It’s going to kill us. I just don’t know how we can prepare for that,” said Ziomari Sanchez, 25. “But [Baez] will see our faces every time he shows up to court. I am sure of that.”
Baez is due back in court on Oct. 16.