Holyoke teen arrested in Amherst man’s slaying

  • Dennis Guzman, courtesy of Hampden district attorney’s office. —Submitted Photo

Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

HOLYOKE — A Holyoke man is in custody on charges related to the murder of an Amherst man in the city on the night of Aug. 3.

Dennis Guzman, 19, was arrested in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshal Service and detectives with the Philadelphia Police on a charge of being a fugitive from justice, according to a statement from the Hampden County district attorney's office posted to its website.

An arrest warrant was issued for Guzman from the Holyoke District Court on charges of murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm stemming from the death of Andrew Musgrave, a 31-year-old man who was a 2006 graduate of Amherst Regional High School. 

Guzman is being held in jail in Philadelphia as he waits for a rendition hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.   

Musgrave was found at 285 Maple St., near a McDonald’s restaurant, around 11:39 p.m. after Holyoke police officers responded to the area for gunshots in the vicinity. Musgrave, who appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound, was transported by ambulance to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, where he was pronounced dead.

This investigation is continuing by members of Holyoke Police, the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Hampden district attorney’s office, and the murder unit of the Hampden district attorney’s office.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.