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Security is heightened in fatal stabbing case; Rios arraigned in death of 17-year-old Olivencia.

Byline: Gary V. Murray

WORCESTER - Courtroom security was heightened yesterday for the arraignment of the man charged with murder in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Christopher Olivencia.

More than a dozen court officers and members of the Worcester Police Department gang unit stood between the suspect and members of Mr. Olivencia's family as 24-year-old Carlos Rios was asked in Worcester Superior Court how he pleaded to the murder charge. "Not guilty, your honor," Mr. Rios responded in a loud, clear voice.

Mr. Rios, whose address is listed in court records as 22 Milton St., is accused of fatally stabbing Mr. Olivencia March 8 outside the victim's home at 33 Vernon St. Records on file in Central District Court, where Mr. Rios was first arraigned on March 22, outline a history of alleged violence between Mr. Rios and Mr. Olivencia.

Mr. Olivencia allegedly stabbed Mr. Rios last summer, but the crime was never reported, according to police accounts. Mr. Olivencia was shot last year, but would not cooperate with investigators, according to police. Detective Daniel Rosario wrote in a police report that both men were affiliated with the same gang.

Court records also reflect that Mr. Rios believed Mr. Olivencia had fathered a child with Erica Semidey, who is Mr. Rios' girlfriend.

Pandemonium broke out at Mr. Rios' Central District Court arraignment after the suspect turned to Mr. Olivencia's family and said the stabbing victim should have stayed away from Ms. Semidey.

Mr. Rios was indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury, moving his case to Worcester Superior Court. Concerns about a possible repeat of the March 22 disruption in court led to beefed-up security for yesterday's arraignment, which took place without incident.

At the request of Assistant District Attorney Terrence M. Reidy and Mr. Rios' lawyer, Jacob P. Morris, Judge Robert C. Cosgrove ordered that Mr. Rios remain in custody without bail. The judge continued the case to July 11. Mr. Morris said he expected to ask that the bail order, which was made without prejudice, be reconsidered on the next court date.

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