Boston hearing in murder case ends in courthouse melee

AP News
Posted: Dec 20, 2016 7:46 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of police officers had to respond to a Boston courthouse after a verbal altercation at a murder arraignment escalated into a brawl involving up to 30 people.

A court officer says the brawl broke out at the arraignment of two men Monday charged with killing 41-year-old Shawn Borden. Authorities say the families of the defendants and of the victim exchanged words. The exchange reportedly turned into shoving and then a fight that spilled onto the street.

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Officers placed at least two people in handcuffs.

Prosecutors say Borden was fatally shot while vacuuming his car Oct. 18 in the city's Dorchester section.

A third suspect is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.