East Providence murder suspect ordered held without bail

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FALL RIVER — The Fall River Herald reports Will Tate, the East Providence resident arrested as the suspect in a January 5 murder there, has been ordered held without bail after appearing in Massachusetts District Court Tuesday, Jan. 7.

According to The Herald report, “District Court Judge Thomas Barrett agreed to hold Mr. Tate without bail and set February 19 as a date for a probable cause hearing. That hearing will be held if the district attorney has not yet presented the case to a grand jury by that time.

“The case will move to the Superior Court if a grand jury reviews the evidence and agrees there is sufficient probable cause to proceed to trial.

“(Attorney Jack) Atwood, (appointed to defend the suspect), made three motions in court, which Judge Barrett granted. The first was for money to begin his own investigation, the second is for a written transcript of recorded conversations investigators conducted with Tate and witnesses. The third is for experts to examine and preserve video surveillance taken at Ship’s Cove at the time of the alleged murder.

“Because Mr. Tate is being held without bail without prejudice, Atwood can return to court at any time to make a request for bail.”

Mr. Tate, 34 and of Sutton Avenue in city, was arrested by Rhode Island State Police in Providence Sunday evening, Jan.5, as fugitive from justice from Massachusetts. Mr. Tate is alleged to have shot and killed 26-year-old Fall River resident David Rodriguez just after midnight Sunday.

Monday, Jan. 6, Mr. Tate was arraigned in Rhode Island District Court and was subsequently transferred to Massachusetts to face charges there.

No motive for the crime has been stated in either of the court proceedings.
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