Two victims of downtown stabbing were homicide trial witnesses

The judge in the case halted proceedings today after yesterday's stabbing in downtown Boston.

The murder trial of two men accused of killing a woman in her 20s was halted this morning after court officials learned that two of the four people stabbed in a daytime attack in downtown Boston yesterday were on witness lists.

 

Jurors in the trial of Kadeem Foreman and Terrell Rainey, both of Dorchester, were sent home today. Lawyers for both sides are expected to pick a new trial date later today.

 

The men are facing murder charges after 24-year-old Toneika Jones was fatally shot in Dorchester in 2010.

 

The two witnesses could have been called at either time by prosecutors or the defense attorneys, officials said.

 

Authorities said there is no evidence that the witnesses were attacked because of their potential testimony.

The stabbings took place yesterday about 1:40 p.m. near the corner of Beacon and Tremont streets near Government Center.

Three of the victims were in stable condition as of last night and one was in critical condition. All were expected to survive, police said.

There have been no arrests and police are investigating.

 
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