Amherst murder suspect ordered held without bail

Accused of shooting and killing man

Soknang Chham is seen here during his December 16, 2016 arraignment at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown.

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The man accused of shooting and killing an Amherst man in October will remain held without the right to bail.

Thirty-three year old Soknang Chham pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Friday afternoon at Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton.

Chham was originally charged with murder and intent to murder, but is now facing six additional charges. Northwestern District Attorney’s office spokeswoman Mary Carey told 22News Chham is accused of shooting and killing 31-year-old Jose “Joselito” Rodriguez at the Southpoint Apartment Complex in Amherst October 15. He also allegedly shot and wounded another man, who later recovered at UMass Medical Center in Worcester.

Chham attempted to escape police, but was later found and arrested in Arizona. The New Salem resident was arraigned last month, and was indicted on several additional charges, including:

  • Murder
  • Assault and battery with a firearm
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Illegal possession of a firearm as a subsequent offender
  • Illegal possession of a firearm with two prior convictions for violent crimes

Chham’s brother, Soksot Chham, is also facing charges in connection to the alleged murder. He’s being accused of being an accessory after-the-fact of murder. Soksot pleaded not guilty last month and is being held on a $250,000 cash bail.

Soknang Chham will be back in court on May 3.