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Man accused of killing Ludlow bakery owner appears in court

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A Springfield man is being held without bail after police allege he murdered his boss in a Ludlow bakery. 

Franklin Conza, 47, was arraigned in Palmer District Court on Monday. 

Conza pleaded not guilty to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon after police said he stabbed his boss to death

Friday evening, police were called to Ludlow Central Bakery on East Street on reports of a stabbing. 

The caller was hysterical, according to court documents obtained by Western Mass News.

Police responded to find Conza restrained by someone else in the bakery at the time. 

Conza, who only speaks fluent Spanish, needed to be read his rights, so Ludlow Police Chief Paul Madera responded.

According to documents, "Conza spontaneously told Chief Madera in Spanish that he had stabbed the owner.”

Bakery owner Carlos Santos, 70, died from his injuries.

The family is devastated and has closed the bakery until further notice 

Neighbors are also saddened to hear the news

"It was a pleasure talking to Mr. Carlos in the morning.  I think every single person would say the same thing.  We just feel sad," said Magdalena Matic.

Conza is an employee of the bakery and neighbors know him as well, telling Western Mass News that he would smile and wave on his way to work.

"He would be walking in the uniform.  He would say 'Good morning, how are you.'  Nothing would point to something like this," Matic added.

Security cameras inside the building reportedly show Conza stabbing Santos, according to documents.

“Conza retrieved a knife located in the bakery, quickly approached Santos, who was unarmed, and stabbed him three times in the upper left chest," the court documents report.

Conza is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on June 20.

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