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Boston man faces murder charge in stabbing death of Malden man, 79

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Body was discovered in Kennedy Drive apartment in city’s first homicide case of 2023

  A 33-year-old Boston man sought in connection with the stabbing death of an elderly Malden man, whose body was discovered in late February in his Kennedy Drive apartment, is now wanted for murder. A warrant for murder issued for Dion Smith, of Boston, was announced through the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, in the case of the slaying of Ronald Gilbert, who was found dead in his apartment by Malden Police on February 22.

  A medical examiner ruled the victim had been stabbed about 30 times. Malden police were called to Kennedy Drive for an odor coming from Gilbert’s apartment. Once inside, first responders found Gilbert dead, with what they said were obvious signs of decomposition.

  According to investigators, it now appears that the victim was killed in late December 2022. The investigation has also revealed that Smith was not a resident of the building, and the suspect and victim did not appear to have known each other. The investigation continues with no known motive at this time, with earlier speculation in the case related to possible robbery.

  The case is being investigated by Malden Police and Mass. State Police detectives assigned to the Middlesex DA’s office. Anyone who may have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, Dion Smith, or any other knowledge of the case is encouraged to contact either the DA’s office at 781-897-8300 or the Malden Police Dept. Detectives Division at 781-397-7171, ext. 1205. Information may be given by the public anonymously to both agencies.

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