Rodney Bloomfield, 46, was arraigned on a murder charge today for the stabbing death of his neighbor, Tony Massey, last week.
Bloomfield was ordered held without bail, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. According to the DA's office:
[Assistant DA Mark] Zanini told the court that the victim had hosted a party at his Bradshaw Street home on Sept. 16 that led to a verbal argument on Sept. 20 with Bloomfield, who lives at an adjacent property on Charlotte Street. The argument was over trash from the party, prosecutors said.
On the morning of Sept. 21, Zanini said, Massey and two young relatives were preparing to leave the home when Bloomfield approached them in the driveway with a knife and a trash bag and made statements threatening to kill Massey. Massey told him to back up, Zanini told the court, and exited the car with a knife of his own.
Bloomfield allegedly swung his knife at Massey, who backed up and also swung his knife. Massey tripped and fell the ground, Zanini said, where Bloomfield stood over him, stabbed him repeatedly, and said, “Are you ready to die today?” Bloomfield was also injured in the encounter, sustaining several stab wounds. He made additional threatening statements before leaving the scene.
Massey died at Tufts Medical Center. According to the DA's office: Bloomfield got in a vehicle with two knives, drove away and then showed up at Boston Medical Center with his own, less severe, stab wounds.