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Murder Charge After Backstretch Incident

Published: November 21, 2016 1:04 pm ET

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A 28-year-old man has been charged with first-degree murder after a fatal backstretch altercation that took place last week at a North American Standardbred racetrack.

According to an article by the Chicago Sun-Times, backstretch worker Miguel Salgado is currently being held on a $1 million bond and has been charged with first-degree murder.

It is alleged that Salgado stabbed fellow backstretch worker Rodrigo Flores-Garcia, 30, multiple times in the stable-area at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois. Flores-Garcia died from the injuries.

Police had responded to the stable-area incident at roughly 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16. The officers found Flores-Garcia and had him transported to MacNeal Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Salgado is expected to make his next court appearance on Tuesday, November 22.

Hawthorne is widely known as a Thoroughbred racing venue, but it has brought live harness racing back in to the fold for short meets as of late.

(With files from the Chicago Sun-Times)

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