• Man held in fatal Springfield stabbing


    SPRINGFIELD (AP) - Springfield police say a 29-year-old man has been charged in an early morning fatal stabbing that may have been drug-related.

    Police said Edwin Santiago was arrested Tuesday at Baystate Medical Center, where he had gone for treatment of a head injury. He was charged with murder in the death of 38-year-old Sadeeq Khalid Allah.

    A department spokesman says officers responded to a home in the city's North End at about 4:30 a.m. where they found Allah in the back yard suffering from a stab wound under his arm. He was pronounced dead later at a hospital.

    Police think the two men knew each other and got into a fight.

    Santiago is to be arraigned Wednesday. It is not immediately known who is representing him.

    The slaying was the ninth homicide in Springfield this year.

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