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.

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Monterey man arrested in friend's stabbing death

BY KIMBER SOLANA • KSOLANA@THECALIFORNIAN.COM • SEPTEMBER 23, 2010

Monterey police officers arrested a man who they say killed his friend early on Wednesday morning. Police said officers responded about 2:10 a.m. to an apartment complex on the 800 block of Casanova Street to reports of a man who had been stabbed. On arrival, police said they found 26-year-old Matthew Finnigan suffering from stab wounds to his chest. Finnigan was flown to Valley Medical Hospital in San Jose, where he died at 7 a.m. Police said initially they arrested 21-year-old James Torrey Hill on suspicion of attempted murder. Police said they were able to determine at the scene that Hill was the one who caused Finnigan's injuries, but they did not provide any further details about the incident. After learning of Finnigan's death, the charge was upgraded and Hill was booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of murder. His bail is set at $1 million. Police said an autopsy was to be conducted Wednesday. The homicide is Monterey's first since July 24, 2009, when police arrested 24-year-old William Aguirre-Fajardo for the death of an 8-month-old baby. Aguirre-Fajardo had told officers the child had fallen while his 17-year-old girlfriend left them alone. The Lucile Packard Children Hospital, however, told police the baby died of shaken-baby syndrome.


I personally liked Article A better. I thought it was more informative and offered more detail about the situation. I also didn't like the random part at the end about a totally different murder trial in Article B. I liked the shorter sentences in Article A but felt that it said the word "he said/she said" too much and would have liked to seen a different word used to represent that. I felt like Article A got more to the point and was easier to read than Article B. I think the best article would be if they combined the good parts from each of their article into one.