Police identify Boston's first homicide victim of 2013

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BRIGHTON (MyFoxBoston.com) - Boston Police have identified the man murdered outside a home in Brighton on New Year's Day as 21-year-old Tony Spaulding.

Friends had previously identified Spaulding as the victim. They say he was an Audio Engineering student at the New England Institute of Art. 

Prosecutors say Spaulding was stabbed multiple times outside 48 Pratt Street at about 2:45 a.m. Tuesday during a New Year's party.

Brian MacDonald, 24, of Allston, was arraigned Wednesday in Brighton District Court on a murder charge stemming from the fatal stabbing.

MacDonald pleaded not guilty and his bail was set at $500,000. He is due back in court for a probable cause hearing on Feb. 7.

Prosecutors say MacDonald stabbed Spaulding during a brawl at Spaulding's apartment. The argument was sparked, authorities say, after Spaulding asked revelers to quiet down.

MacDonald had gone to the party with his girlfriend, an invited guest. Police found MacDonald by following a trail of blood in the snow from a cut on his hand.

MacDonald's lawyer says the slaying was "self-defense or manslaughter."

One hour before the murder in the Allston-Brighton area police say a man in his 20s was stabbed multiple times on Boylston Street in Boston. He is battling life-threatening injuries at the hospital.

The city had 58 homicides in 2012, down from 62 in 2011. Watch Shannon Mulaire's interview with Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis for more.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.