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2 arrested in connection with Springfield slaying

Twenty-year-old Ashton Hennessey and 23-year-old Joseph Watkins were arraigned Wednesday on charges of murder, home invasion and assault with intent to murder.

They are charged in the killing of 29-year-old Nicholas Ruiz-Gomez. Ruiz-Gomez died Aug. 18, the day after he was shot during a home invasion that also left another man suffering from a gunshot wound.

Police say Watkins was arrested early Tuesday after a car chase in which he tried to assault seven officers with a stolen vehicle.

Hennessey was arrested Wednesday morning after being caught hiding under a stairwell in a city home.

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