May 21, 2024


The Suffolk County District Legal professional’s Workplace confirmed Monday that defendant Alyssa Partsch beforehand pleaded responsible to attacking a special lady with a knife in 2017.

Alyssa Partsch, 30, is arraigned on a second-degree homicide cost in Suffolk Superior Court docket on Monday. Suffolk County Superior Court docket

Alyssa Partsch, the girl accused of fatally stabbing a South Boston lady on Boston Widespread in July, was arraigned Monday in Suffolk County Superior Court docket and held with out bail, in accordance with the Suffolk County District Legal professional’s Workplace. 

Partsch, who the DA’s workplace says is a 30-year-old Weymouth resident, hadn’t met 21-year-old Jazreanna Sheppard in particular person earlier than she allegedly killed her exterior the Park Avenue MBTA station on July 20, in accordance with court docket paperwork. However in exchanges over social media, Partsch allegedly threatened Sheppard and sought to “entice” her right into a battle.

Partsch pleaded not responsible to second-degree homicide throughout her arraignment Monday, however prosecutors alleged that the assault was caught on safety video. Court docket paperwork revealed additional particulars about what allegedly occurred, together with that Sheppard was on Boston Widespread with a buddy that evening.

As Sheppard and her buddy approached Park Avenue station, Partsch allegedly got here as much as them wielding a knife, in accordance with court docket paperwork. Partsch and Sheppard obtained right into a bodily battle, and Partsch allegedly stabbed Sheppard within the head, neck, and torso earlier than fleeing the scene. 

The DA’s workplace quoted Suffolk District Legal professional Kevin Hayden as saying the alleged homicide was the results of “a number of seconds of horrible, tragic decision-making.”

“It’s tough to understand what might presumably inspire the violent actions that ended one younger lady’s promising life, dramatically altered the defendant’s life, and threw the households and pals of each into grief and mourning and infinite loss,” he mentioned. 

The DA’s workplace additionally confirmed Monday that Partsch beforehand pleaded responsible to a cost of assault and battery with a harmful weapon in March 2019. In keeping with court docket paperwork, the cost stems from a Could 2017 incident throughout which Partsch attacked a lady with a knife and critically injured her.

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In keeping with WCVB, Partsch’s and Sheppard’s households brawled exterior the courtroom Monday. It started with threats earlier than spiraling uncontrolled, inflicting Boston police, MBTA Transit Police, and finally Massachusetts State Police to be referred to as in to finish the battle, although nobody was arrested.

“I haven’t been the identical since July. I can’t course of this,” Sheppard’s brother Kristian Valdes-Gonzalez advised the information station, including that the one factor holding him collectively is the 2-year-old son his sister left behind. 

Partsch’s lawyer mentioned throughout her arraignment that she has been working as a supervisor at a number of Caffè Nero areas, The Boston Globe reported. She was lately promoted by the espresso store chain, he reportedly mentioned. 

In keeping with the Globe, Sheppard grew up in Roxbury and Dorchester and had lately moved right into a South Boston residence along with her son. She was reportedly a safety and concierge employee at high-end residence buildings and cherished vogue and make-up.

Jazreanna Sheppard was fatally stabbed on July 20 in Boston. – Handout

Boston police mentioned beforehand that they discovered Sheppard exterior Park Avenue station round 11:30 p.m. on July 20 after responding to a name a couple of stabbing. She was taken to Tufts Medical Heart in vital situation, however was quickly pronounced useless, the DA’s workplace mentioned. 

Boston police mentioned Sunday that they’d arrested Partsch for Sheppard’s homicide the day earlier than. At the moment, they recognized Partsch as a Dorchester resident.

In keeping with court docket paperwork, a Suffolk County grand jury indicted Partsch for the homicide on Friday. She is due again in court docket on Nov. 16 for a pretrial listening to.