Man charged with killing brother-in-law in Boston hotel after 21st birthday celebration

BOSTON (AP) — A New Hampshire man facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of his brother-in-law in a Boston hotel last weekend has been held without bail.

Ren Rodgers, 23, of Hollis, New Hampshire, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday.

Rodgers stabbed Christopher Kellar in the back at Hotel Indigo near North Station at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a statement from the Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Rodgers and his wife had gone out to dinner with Kellar and his girlfriend to celebrate the victim’s 21st birthday and his sister’s birthday, prosecutors said. Rodgers is married to Kellar’s sister.

Kellar and his sister got into an argument on the way back to the hotel and it escalated inside, prosecutors said. Kellar left, but returned to the room to get some personal belongings and the altercation continued. Kellar pushed his sister before Rodgers stabbed him, prosecutors said.

The suspect’s attorney, Joe Serpa, said it was a case of self-defense and asked for $25,000 bail.

Kellar barged into the room and started assaulting his sister and girlfriend and “everybody was in an incredible amount of danger,” Serpa said.

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