Mass. Man Charged With Killing His Sister's Boyfriend in Somerville Home

Shakeel Bodden, 28, of Somerville, is charged with fatally stabbing Jalel Brown-Cross, 33, of Boston.

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Prosecutors allege a Massachusetts man stabbed his sister's boyfriend to death Thursday night at a home in Somerville.

Shakeel Bodden, 28, of Somerville, was arrested late Thursday night and charged with murder after Somerville police responded to multiple 911 calls reporting a stabbing on Munroe Street, the Middlesex District Attorney's Office announced Friday morning.



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Responding officers found a 33-year-old Boston man suffering from multiple stab wounds around 10:40 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was identified Friday night as Jalel Brown-Cross.

A preliminary investigation alleges that Bodden attacked the victim with a knife inside the residence, the district attorney's office said. Prosecutors say the fatal stabbing took place in the basement where Brown-Cross allegedly went to get away from Bodden after a confrontation in the kitchen.

The DA said Friday the victim and the suspect were known to each other, and the prosecutor in the case said Brown-Cross is the boyfriend of Bodden's sister.

A suspect, Shakeel Bodden, is facing murder charges following a stabbing in Somerville on Thursday night.

Bodden was taken to an area hospital for injuries sustained during Thursday's attack. He was arraigned in Somerville District Court Friday afternoon and ordered held without bail. The judge also ordered Bodden to undergo a competency evaluation at Bridgewater State Hospital. The next court date in this case is scheduled for Dec. 22. It wasn't immediately clear if Bodden had an attorney who could speak to the charges.

Somerville police had blocked off the area around the residence at Munroe Street near Boston Street on Friday morning, which is about two doors down from a children's playground near Prospect Hill Park. Authorities spent hours gathering evidence, and the state's chief medical examiner arrived about 12 hours after the stabbing was first reported.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the district attorney's office, state police and Somerville police.

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