Suspect Arrested In Dorchester Double Homicide

By Tiffany Williams –

On Sunday at about 12:27 p.m. officers with the Boston Police Department responded to 26 Taft St. in Dorchester for a report of a stabbing. Responding officers were informed by dispatch that the caller stated that he needed EMS because he had just stabbed his wife.

Upon arrival at 26 Taft St., officers were met outside by Marcus Chavis who they say was manic and crying. Officers observed blood on Chavis’ shirt and on his hands. Because of the information that officers had received from the dispatcher as well as Chavis’ actions and appearance, he was placed in handcuffs.

Upon entering 26 Taft St. officers located a female in a bedroom who was kneeling on the floor, not moving, with the top half of her body face down on the bed. Officers observed a significant amount of blood on the floor and bed. Officers also observed a small white dog on the bed that looked as if it had been stabbed but was still alive. 

Officers located a second female in a room across the hall who appeared to have been stabbed, was laying on a mattress gasping for air and bleeding heavily.

The first female victim was pronounced deceased at 12:39 p.m. and the second female victim was pronounced deceased after being transported to Boston Medical Center, at about 1:02 p.m.

As officers were clearing the apartment they recovered a knife from the kitchen area with what appeared to be blood on the blade.

Chavis was transported to the Boston Police Homicide Unit where after being read his Miranda, he was interviewed by detectives. Boston Police say that the interview was recorded and that Chavis made a statement. Chavis allegedly told detectives that he woke up and his wife was bleeding, he didn’t know how but he had the knife. Chavis also allegedly informed detectives that he takes medication for PTSD and schizophrenia.

Chavis was arrested and charged with two counts of murder and animal cruelty.

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