By WGGB Staff
CHICOPEE, Mass (WGGB) — A bartender at a city tavern has been ordered held without right to bail pending a hearing Friday in connection with the stabbing death of a patron early Sunday morning.
Derek Fish, 35, pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in Chicopee District Court, but was ordered held without bail until a lawyer can be assigned to his case.
Chief John Ferraro Jr. said Sunday Fish had been arrested and charged with the murder of 48-year-old Eamonn S. Gallagher, of Chicopee. Fish had been working as a bartender at the time of the stabbing at the B Bar, located at 16 Bolduc Lane, according to police.
Police were responding to the bar for a report of a disturbance at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. When police arrived they discovered a man with a stab wound to the chest. Police said the man had been stabbed inside the bar, left the building and collapsed in the parking lot. The victim was transported to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he died.
It happened, police said, after Fish and Gallagher exchanged words just as the bar was about to close.
Gallagher is a 1979 graduate of Chicopee Comprehensive High School, and he recently moved back to the area. His parents still live in Chicopee said Sunday were too upset to talk about the murder.
Chicopee Police Chief John Ferraro Jr. said he thinks Fish and Gallagher did not know each other and when asked if he thought it was a random act, the chief would not comment.
Chicopee police worked with investigators from the Hampden County District Attorney’s office and placed Fish under arrest just before 10 a.m. Sunday.
An employee who answered the door at B Bar told abc40 reporter Paul Mueller that she had nothing to say. No one would come to the door at the home Fish shares with a member of his family.
Chief Ferraro says his city doesn’t see a lot of murders but goes on to say, “you never know what human nature can lead (people) to do.”