First-degree murder trial of Easthampton man charged with killing girlfriend gets started

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NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — Opening statements in the trial of an Easthampton man charged with killing his girlfriend are expected to get underway.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers are scheduled to make opening remarks in the first-degree murder trial of Ryan Welch on Thursday.

The 38-year-old Welch is charged with fatally stabbing 39-year-old Jessica Ann Pripstein in her Easthampton apartment in February 2012. Pripstein called 911 and said that her boyfriend was trying to kill her.

The trial is in Hampshire Superior Court.

Welch was also found in the apartment suffering from what police called a self-inflicted stab wound.

Ryan says someone else killed Pripstein, and he discovered the body and was so distraught he tried to kill himself.

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