BROOKLINE, Mass. (CBS/AP) — The suspect in Brookline’s first homicide in 13 years was arraigned Thursday and ordered held without bail. Court documents revealed that 21-year-old Singha Oeun allegedly sent text messages to a family member after Nicolas Kern was stabbed and made statements including “no witnesses relax.”
The 20-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times in Amory Park at about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and died at the hospital.
Following his arraignment, Oeun was ordered held without bail pending a probable cause hearing on December 19.
Court documents reveal that Kern and a friend were walking in the Fenway area the night of the murder. The witness told police Kern had no money and stole a bottle of vodka earlier in the evening. The friend described Kern as “intoxicated and acting belligerent, yelling loudly and walking in the street.”
According to the documents, Kern wanted to buy pills and began to text people around midnight. He later met with Oeun in the park, and a struggle ensued.
During their investigation, police spoke with a family member of Oeun’s. She said, according to documents, that Oeun made statements implicating himself in the stabbing. The family member went to work, but continued text message exchanges with Oeun. She later provided her phone to police.
One of the text messages read “It’s all good my friend hid the knife in Allston … he was intoxicated and tried to rob me.” Another said “No witnesses relax.”
The family member told police that she spoke to Oeun on the phone. He allegedly said during a phone call that the night of the stabbing he was selling something to a man who was holding a broken bottle, so he stabbed him in the leg.
While executing a search warrant, police found evidence that included bloody clothes and towels in Oeun’s apartment.
Kern’s death is the first homicide in the Boston suburb since 2006. Amory Park is a family-friendly facility of about eight acres with ballfields, walking trails and tennis courts.
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