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Men Accused of Springfield Courtroom Brawl Face a Judge

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Two men accused of starting a Monday afternoon brawl in a Springfield courtroom have faced a judge.

Tuesday morning, 42 year-old Kenneth Soto and 45 year-0ld Edwin Rojas were back at Springfield District Court to face their own charges.

Soto was charged with assault and battery on a public employee, assault and battery, and disrupting a court proceeding. Rojas was charged with assault and battery on a public employee, resisting arrest, and disrupting a court proceeding.

Monday afternoon, Soto and Rojas were in court for the arraignment of Jose Santiago, who was accused of killing their daughter and step-daughter. Soto and Rojas then allegedly tried to Santiago shortly after he was brought into the courtroom.

Police allege that Santiago killed his girlfriend, Jessica Rojas, early Saturday morning in her Washburn Street home. She leaves behind four children.

Both men were released on their personal recognizance and are due back in court April 10.

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