Not guilty plea for Springfield murder suspect

Brian Slater and Travis Perkins accused of murdering Jermaine Cowell

Brian Slater, 21, of Springfield (pictured) along with Travis Perkins, are accused of murder in the deadly shooting of Jermaine Cowell.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – One of the two suspects arrested this week in connection with Springfield’s seventh homicide of 2014 was arraigned in court Thursday morning.

Brian Slater, 21, of Springfield pleaded not guilty in Springfield District Court for his alleged role in the July 19 shooting death of Jermaine Cowell. Slater was ordered held without the right to bail.

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney said that Slater was arrested on Draper Street in Springfield Wednesday by city officers and members of the state police violent fugitive apprehension squad. A second suspect in Cowell’s killing, 21 year-old Travis Perkins was arrested on Tuesday by local police and members of the U.S. Marshals service in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It has yet to be determined when he will return to Massachusetts and be arraigned.

22News is in the courtroom for Slater’s arraignment, and will bring you updates here on WWLP.com, and on 22News at Noon.

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