Man charged in East Boston murder held without bail

An argument between a group of people led to the stabbing death of a 23-year-old East Boston man, prosecutors said Monday.

Darius Barry, 18, is accused of killing Gage Smith on August 17. He was arraigned on a murder charge and held without bail in East Boston Municipal Court Monday as members of his family watched from the courtroom’s gallery.

Assistant district attorney Jennifer Hickman told the court that in the moments before his death, Smith leaned outside the window of 217 Paris St. to argue with Barry and three other individuals driving down the street.

When Smith stepped outside of the building, Barry stabbed him multiple times before fleeing, Hickman said.

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Smith was later pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Barry’s defense attorney, Steve Saks, said that he is only just beginning to review the case, but believes the charges could be reduced.

“It seems to me that when there is a fight that doesn’t often culminate with a conviction of first-degree murder,” Saks said.

Saks added that Barry is living in a homeless shelter with his mother, he has not fled the state, and has showed up for previous court hearings in the past. He asked for $10,000 bail.

“I realize the seriousness of the case, but I ask you to set a bail certainly in reach of his family, because his family doesn’t have a lot of money,” Saks said during the hearing.

Judge John MacDonald ordered that Barry be held without bail. The next court hearing is set for September 26.

As Barry was leaving the courtroom a woman identified as Barry’s mother yelled, “Love you!”

“Darius, behave,” she added. “Phone home!”

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