Northampton murder suspect faces Superior Court arraignment

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Published: 8/18/2022 1:59:53 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man who allegedly killed his roommate at a city home last month is being arraigned on four charges, including murder, in Hampshire Superior Court Friday.

A Hampshire County grand jury on Aug. 11 indicted Devin R. Bryden, 24, on the charges stemming from the July 10 stabbing death of Jana M. Abromowitz, 21, at 11 Hatfield St.

Bryden will be arraigned at 2 p.m. on charges of murder, armed robbery, larceny of a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence, according to the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

He has been held without bail since his arraignment in Northampton District Court on July 11, where he pleaded not guilty to stabbing Abromowitz to death in the apartment they shared, a supportive housing unit run by DIAL/SELF Youth & Community Services.

Investigators have alleged that Bryden killed his roommate and stole her car because he was about to become homeless.

According to a police report included in court records, a friend discovered Abromowitz’s body in a pool of blood in front of the refrigerator and called police.

Police found Bryden later that evening in the driver’s seat of Abromowitz’s vehicle, parked at the Applebee’s restaurant on Route 20 in Westfield, and arrested him. The police report states that he went there after disposing of the knife and sweatshirt at a friend’s house in Whately.

— SCOTT MERZBACH


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