Friday, April 13, 2007


It seems law enforcement officials in Fall River and neighboring Tiverton, RI were a bit baffled by a stabbing homicide that took place on Hancock Street early Wednesday morning.

It seems that in a drug deal that went wrong that Stephen Barreto stabbed William M. Dupras in self-defense when Dupras and two accomplices beat him in an attempt to rob him.

Mr. Dupras was able to flee and was brought to St. Anne's Hospital. He was later transferred to Rhode Island Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The investigating police believed they knew who did it and why but where turned out to be the puzzle. It turns out the boundary for Massachusetts and Rhode Island runs down the middle of Hancock Street and although the scuffle appears to have taken place in Rhode Island, blood evidence of the alleged stabbing was found on the Massachusetts side of the street, putting the homicide under the jurisdiction of Fall River police.

It will be interesting to see if and how the 'boundary' question is used in Mr. Barreto's legal defense.

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