Suspect in Federal Hill slaying to face judge in RI


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The suspect accused of stabbing a man to death inside a Providence hookah lounge will appear before a judge in Rhode Island today, according to the state’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Joel Francisco, 41, was returned to the state by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday following his capture in Texas.

He was arrested last month at a motel in New Braunfels, Texas after nearly two weeks on the run.

Prosecutors believe Francisco fatally stabbed Troy Pine, 46, following an altercation inside Nara Hookah Lounge on Oct. 2.

Records show Francisco was on probation for a drug-dealing conviction when authorities say he committed the fatal stabbing. While on supervised release, he was arrested in July for an attempted breaking and entering, which could have triggered action to put him back behind bars.

Thursday’s court appearance will address the status of Francisco’s supervised release.

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