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NEW LONDON — A 44-year-old former Pawcatuck man has been formally charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend in November.

The man, Carlton Henderson, formerly of 77 Mechanic St., was arraigned Wednesday morning in New London Superior Court. A charge of attempted murder was dropped as a result of the murder charge, court officials said, and his other charges stayed the same: first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, and criminal attempt to assault a police officer.

He has not entered a plea to any of the charges, according to court records.

Henderson has been at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield since his arrest, six days after police said he stabbed Brandia M. Irvin, 41, during a domestic dispute at their Mechanic Street home. He is being held on a $1.5 million bond.

Stonington police were called to the couple's home shortly after 8 a.m. on Nov. 30 when a neighbor called the department's non-emergency line to report a possible domestic disturbance. A police report said the person was alerted by Irvin's 12-year-old son, who said a man called "Chico" was hurting his mother.

Officers found Irvin lying unconscious near the stairs leading to the first-floor apartment with multiple stab wounds to her head and neck. Henderson fled in a Nissan Maxima, nearly striking an officer and ignoring police commands, and remained on the run until he was captured at a Norwich apartment complex on Dec. 5.

Irvin died on Dec. 6, just hours after after Henderson made his first appearance in New London Superior Court.

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