Dorchester Man Arraigned for Death Amid Fistfight

BOSTON, July 7, 2016—A Dorchester man was arraigned today on a manslaughter charge stemming from the death of 45-year-old Brian Hingston as Hingston apparently tried to intervene in a fistfight, Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said.

BRYAN McELHINNEY (D.O.B. 8/17/92), who walked into court on the June 22 indictment, was held on $2500 cash bail. Clerk Magistrate Anne Kaczmarek also ordered McElhinney to surrender his passport and remain in Massachusetts while the case is pending. McElhinney was expected to be arraigned tomorrow but the date was moved on short notice to accommodate attorneys’ schedules.

Assistant District Attorney Catherine Ham of the DA’s Senior Trial Unit told the court that the April 17 incident began with a fistfight in the parking lot of the Greenhill Bakery on Adams Street. Neither the defendant nor the victim was involved in this portion of the fisticuffs. At some point during the fracas, Hingston entered the fray with his arms in the air to separate the two men.

McElhinney struck Hingston in the face, Ham said, causing Hingston to fall and hit his head on the pavement. The impact caused a serious head injury to which the Quincy resident succumbed. He was pronounced dead at Boston Medical Center.

The investigation into the fatal confrontation included numerous interviews by Boston Police homicide detectives, a medical investigation by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and some two dozen witnesses called to testify before the Suffolk County Grand Jury.

Eliana Builes is the DA’s assigned victim-witness advocate. McElhinney is represented by attorney Michael Doolin. He will return to court on Aug. 2.




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