Springfield man accused of fatally stabbing girlfriend had been expected to plead guilty; gets new lawyer instead

Van Dorsey Jr. is facing a murder charge for the May 12, 2015, fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, 25-year-old Monique Van Zandt.

SPRINGFIELD -- Van Dorsey Jr., accused of the May 12, 2015, fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, will get a new lawyer and have his trial delayed because of that.

Dorsey, who has denied a murder charge in the death of Monique Van Zandt, was slated to plead guilty in the case last week.

Instead he asked Hampden Superior Court Judge...

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