Police arrest Monterey slaying suspect
Monterey men were friends
Posted: 09/23/2010 01:32:16 AM PDT
Updated: 09/23/2010 11:21:23 AM PDT
A Monterey man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fatally stabbing a friend, police said. James Torrey Hill, 21, was taken into custody at his apartment in the 800 block of Casanova Avenue after officers responded to a report of a stabbing about 2:10 a.m., Lt. Leslie Sonné said. Matthew Finnigan, 26, of Monterey suffered at least one stab wound to the upper body while at Hill's apartment, Sonné said. Finnigan lived nearby, she said. The two men, described by Sonné as friends, were alone in the apartment. Officers determined Hill caused the injury, though details have not been released. "We are still investigating everything that led up to this," Sonné said. Finnigan was taken by helicopter to a San Jose hospital for treatment, Sonné said. Hill was arrested at the time on suspicion of attempted murder, Sonné said. The charge was amended to murder after officers were informed about 7 a.m. that Finnigan died, she said. Hill is being held at the Monterey City Jail and will be transferred to the county jail in Salinas later today, Sonné said. Hill's bail has been set at $1 million. An autopsy for Finnigan was scheduled Wednesday. Sonné said officers are awaiting the results. The weapon believed to have been used to stab Finnigan was collected as evidence, she said.