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Man is denied bail in July fatal beating

A North End man was ordered held without bail yesterday after pleading not guilty to charges that he beat a disabled veteran to death on Salem Street in July.

Prosecutors said William Dolan, 46, was charged after DNA from bloodstains on his clothing and shoes matched that of Israel Vega, the 51-year-old victim.

"The evidence clearly suggests that blood on [Dolan's] clothing came from the victim," said David Procopio, spokesman for the Suffolk district attorney's office.

Vega died July 31. He was beaten to death with a rock, authorities say.

Vega, a disabled Marine veteran, was found near the corner of Salem and Stillman streets at 4:20 a.m. by passerby Sean Hennessey, an anchor for WHDH-TV news.

The rock apparently came from a planter across the street, Procopio said.

"At this point, the motive remains under investigation, as does whether Vega and Dolan knew each other," he said.

Witnesses said they saw Vega walking in the neighborhood at about 4 a.m. Vega was found bludgeoned to death a few blocks from the senior citizens apartment complex on Fulton Street. Vega lived at the complex.

Dolan was arrested on charges of larceny and assault two days after the slaying. He was accused of stealing a can of beer from Bob's Grocery Store on Endicott Street. After an arraignment on Aug. 4, Dolan was sent to Bridgewater State Hospital to be evaluated for competency.

After an initial review, doctors recommended further study, authorities said.

Scott Curtis, Dolan's lawyer, said prosecutors must present more than DNA. "DNA tells you nothing," he said. "It doesn't tell you why. It doesn't tell you how. It doesn't even tell you a motive. It's just body fluid, and that's it."

Vega's family attended the arraignment, but made no public comment.

Dolan will be held without bail at Bridgewater until his next court appearance on Nov. 5, Boston Municipal Judge Dermot Meagher decided.

Vega's daughter, Lydia Vega, 20, of Roslindale, has said she doesn't believe her father knew Dolan. She and Vega's former wife, Regina Vidal of Roslindale, have said police told them Vega's death appeared to be the result of random violence.

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