MALDEN (CBS) – Prosecutors say an artist murdered last month in Everett was stabbed 14 times, and the man suspected in the violent crime “celebrated” by ordering takeout.
David Grossack was arraigned Wednesday in Malden District Court a day after he was arrested following a month on the run.
Grossack was on the Massachusetts Most Wanted list for the February murder of Frank Brescia, a former homeless man who had battled with addiction before becoming an accomplished artist.
Investigators said Brescia was stabbed 14 times and suffered skull fractures. Police found a broken rolling pin near Brescia’s body, and say it had Grossack’s fingerprints on it.
Prosecutors say Grossack told police in a statement that he killed Brescia and “celebrated” the murder with Chinese food.
Brescia’s decomposing body was found inside an Oakland Ave. apartment in Everett after neighbors reported a strong odor.
On Tuesday, police arrested Grossack, who is homeless, in Pittsfield.
During Grossack’s arraignment, friends of Brescia were sobbing in the courthouse.
“All what I just heard in court was the hardest thing. I searched the City of Boston for him. I passed flyers out, I did everything I could. I wasn’t going to give up the fight,” a friend of Brescia’s said outside of court.
Police said previously the crime does not appear to have been random.
Grossack was ordered held without bail until his next court appearance.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports