Man fatally stabbed in Springfield; woman charged

By Stewart Bishop
Globe Correspondent / February 21, 2011

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A Springfield man is dead after a late-night altercation with his live-in companion turned fatal, police said.

Police responded to the Vinton Street home of 45-year-old Joel Echols shortly before midnight on Friday to find Echols suffering from multiple stab wounds, said Springfield Police Lieutenant Robert Moynihan.

Beverly Caldwell, 41, who lived with Echols at 26 Vinton St., will be charged with his murder, Moynihan said.

“Apparently, there was a domestic disturbance involving the victim and his girlfriend or wife,’’ Moynihan said, noting that police were unsure if Echols and Caldwell were married. “He was stabbed in the upper chest.’’

Echols was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield where he was pronounced dead, Moynihan said.

Yesterday, a neighbor, Sujei Rivera, said she seldom saw much activity at the residence, which she described as a single-family home. The attack was uncharacteristic for the neighborhood, she said.

“It’s not bad. It’s a pretty quiet street,’’ Rivera said. “I’ve never had any problems or dealt with any issues around here.’’

Another neighbor, Ofelia Guillen, who has lived on Vinton Street for the past eight years, said she was surprised that such a violent incident happened on her street.

“I’ve never heard of anything like that before,’’ Guillen said. “The neighborhood is very nice.’’

Caldwell is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow in Springfield District Court.

Moynihan described the investigation as active.

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