No bail for VT Murder suspect arrested in West Springfield

Chavis Murphy pleaded not guilty in killing of Obafemi Adedapo

Police booking photo of Chavis Murphy from an earlier arrest. Image Courtesy: Vermont Department of Public Safety

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A suspect in the shooting death of a New York man in the entertainment district of Burlington, Vermont has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Obefami Adedapo. Image Courtesy: Burlington, Vt. Police Department
Obefami Adedapo. Image Courtesy: Burlington, Vt. Police Department

Twenty-four-year-old Chavis Murphy was arraigned Monday in the Dec. 27 death of Obafemi Adedapo in Burlington. Murphy is being held without bail pending a Jan. 14 hearing.

Court papers say Adedapo was shot after a dispute at the Zen Lounge over a woman.

Murphy had been extradited to Vermont from Massachusetts last week, after he was captured outside a restaurant on Route 5 in West Springfield.

Police say Adedapo had been arrested 20 times in New York City on charges including robbery and assault. He was known to police there as a member of the Cashford Crips, a gang operating out of Brooklyn.

The Burlington Free Press reports court papers show he has convictions for misdemeanor simple assault and careless and negligent driving.

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