By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2021

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A man shot in Worcester last July has died and the suspect is now facing a murder charge, prosecutors said.

Jose Merced, 32, of Worcester, was arrested last weekend and held without bail at his arraignment Monday on the new charge, according to a statement from the office of Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

He was arrested Saturday afternoon by Worcester police, about 13 hours after the victim was pronounced dead, according to authorities.

The victim, whose name has not been made public, was found suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and head on the afternoon of July 9.

He had remained in medical facilities since the shooting.

Merced had previously been indicted on armed assault to murder and other charges in connection with the shooting and was out on bail.

It was was not clear if he had an attorney.

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