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Springfield man dies after being hit on head with table leg

June 17, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Police say a Springfield man beaten over the head with a table leg has died and two people are facing murder charges.

Officers responded to a city home at about 6:30 a.m. Thursday where they found 52-year-old Eric Stephenson unconscious and suffering from a severe head injury. He later died at the hospital.

Witnesses told investigators that the victim had been arguing with a man and a woman, and the man struck the victim on the head with the table leg while the woman urged him on. Police did not say what sparked the confrontation.

The suspects then fled the scene.

Police searched for and found the suspects walking the streets at about 7 p.m. Thursday.

They say 57-year-old Richard Page and 53-year-old Ivey Johnson face arraignment Friday.

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