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Peabody man charged in fatal shooting

BOSTON — Prosecutors allege a Peabody man shot and killed a 29-year-old man after being ejected from a party early Sunday morning.

John Patterson, 29, was arraigned in Dorchester Municipal Court Monday and pleaded not guilty to murder and firearm charges in the death of Jeudy Romero.

He is being held without bail after being charged with the fatal weekend shooting in the city’s Mattapan neighborhood, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Police said Patterson was involved in an altercation at the party and was asked to leave after he drew a knife. He returned, fired multiple shots in a hallway killing Romero, and allegedly left the scene in the victim’s car, prosecutors said.

Boston Police, responding to a 911 call about gunshots fired, found the empty vehicle a short time later and spotted Patterson on foot.

He was arrested at about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Police arrived on Goodale Road to find Romero suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Suffolk County prosecutors approved the homicide charge based on evidence developed by Boston Police Department detectives. The investigation remains active, and the DA urged anyone with information about the the incident to call police.

Stephen Weymouth, Patterson’s attorney, said he got the case on Monday morning and has not had time to review it. His client, he said,  is being held at the Nashua Street Jail and will return to court on March 5.

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