Fa­tal stab­bing sus­pect con­victed

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

BARN­STA­BLE, Mass. (AP) — A Cape Cod man has been con­victed of mur­der for fa­tally stab­bing an­other man out­side a Hyan­nis house party in 2016.

Kelly Ri­d­ley was con­victed of first-de­gree mur­der Wed­nes­day af­ter a seven-day trial and about four hours of jury de­lib­er­a­tions. The 20-year-old Hyan­nis man re­ceived a manda­tory sen­tence of life in prison with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role.

Ri­d­ley was 18 when he was charged with stab­bing 26-year-old Thomas Rus­sell in Barn­sta­ble in Oc­to­ber 2016. Emer­gency re­spon­ders found him in the mid­dle of the street with stab wounds to the ab­domen and lower body.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Ri­d­ley punched Rus­sell at the party, and later, when they were out­side, struck him with a scooter be­fore pulling a knife and stab­bing him four or five times.

Ri­d­ley’s at­tor­ney had said the stab­bing was self-de­fense.

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