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The Latest: Fishing crew member released over ICE objections

September 25, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fatal stabbing on board a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts (all times local):

2 p.m.

Federal immigration officials say the Mexican national charged with killing a fellow crew member on a fishing vessel was released on bond after he was charged in Virginia with forcible abduction.

Franklin Freddy Meave Vasquez faces a murder charge following the fight Sunday aboard the fishing vessel Captain Billy Haver about 55 miles off Nantucket, Massachusetts.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Vazquez is in the U.S. illegally. He had been arrested in Newport News, Virginia, in March on the abduction charge.

An ICE spokesman says an immigration judge had granted Vazquez bond despite ICE objections and he was released from custody.

Vazquez’s mother-in-law tells WCVB-TV he is a heroin addict and she thinks that was the root of the dispute on the boat.

It’s not clear if Vazquez has an attorney

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7:30 a.m.

Authorities say a fishing boat crew member has been charged with murder in an attack at sea on his colleagues.

The U.S. attorney’s office says the vessel had seven crew members Sunday about 55 miles off Massachusetts. Authorities say 27-year-old Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez assaulted another crew member with a hammer and a knife. The victim noticed another crew member lying on the deck, bleeding.

Authorities say Vazquez then struck another crew member and climbed up the mast as others tried to catch him.

A German cruise ship responded to a distress call. A doctor pronounced one victim dead.

Authorities say Vazquez is Mexican and had been living in the U.S. illegally. He had been arrested in March in Newport News, Virginia, on an abduction charge.

Vazquez is to appear in federal court in Boston. The Associated Press could not locate a lawyer for him early Tuesday.

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