- Associated Press - Friday, June 27, 2014

EAST BROOKFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Holden man charged with fatally stabbing his younger brother and leaving the body in a locked Cold War-era bomb shelter was ordered held without bail at his arraignment Friday.

Michael Dowjat, 65, pleaded not guilty to murder in Western Worcester District Court in the death of 59-year-old David Alan.

Alan had been stabbed more than 70 times when he was found on June 14 in his Rutland home, prosecutors said, according to The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1lwiAvF ). Police think he had been dead several days.

Dowjat was linked to the death through DNA and cellphone GPS records, Assistant District Attorney Terry McLaughlin said.

Authorities did not offer a motive, but according to court records, the brothers had a contentious relationship and previous disputes over money.

Dowjat had a black eye and bruises on his hands and legs when he was arrested, police said.

His attorney, Gavin Reardon, did not request bail, but he said he may do so at a later date. He said his client suffers from significant heart disease that requires medication.

Dowjat is due back in court on July 29.


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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