- Associated Press - Friday, December 23, 2016

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) - A man charged with killing a good Samaritan who police say intervened in an assault on a woman outside a Connecticut bar has been held on $550,000 cash bail.

Dante Hughes was detained after an arraignment Thursday on murder and domestic violence charges in New London. Public records didn’t list a lawyer for Hughes.

The 30-year-old suspect is charged with the Dec. 11 shooting death of 24-year-old Joey Gingerella outside Ryan’s Pub in Groton. Witnesses told police that Gingerella left the bar to try to stop Hughes from assaulting a woman on a parking lot.

Gingerella is the stepson of a state lawmaker.

Hughes was detained two days later by Canadian immigration authorities after trying to enter the country at Niagara Falls.

Hughes is due back in court Jan. 10.


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