WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A suspect was arrested and charged in connection with a homicide in West Springfield this week.

According to the Hampden District Attorney’s Office Spokesperson Jim Leydon, Springfield Police received information and details of a possible murder in West Springfield. A homicide investigation was conducted by members of the Hampden County State Police Detective Unit, the West Springfield Police Department, and the Springfield Police Department.

A search warrant at the victim’s residence was executed when detectives discovered the victim’s body. The suspect was identified as 30-year-old Jose Hernandez of West Springfield and was taken into custody and brought to the West Springfield Police Department where he was booked and charged with murder.

Jose Hernandez
Jose Hernandez (Hampden District Attorney’s Office)

Hernandez is accused of stabbing and killing his girlfriend, 39-year-old Amber Carpenter. According to the court documents, Hernandez allegedly stabbed Carpenter multiple times inside their Riverdale Street apartment on Tuesday. He then showed her body to a friend on Thursday who reported the discovery to police.

Hernandez was arraigned Friday with the following charges:

  • Murder
  • Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Witness Intimidation

He is due back in court on November 18th.