Protests erupt outside court appearance for man accused of fatal Longwood bodega stabbing

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LONGWOOD -

Protests erupted outside a scheduled court appearance for a bodega worker accused of stabbing a man to death last week.

As News 12 has reported, 26-year-old Ronny Torres is accused of stabbing 37-year-old Franki Williams to death on Oct. 24.

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According to police, the argument started when Williams was accused of stealing a beer. However, friends questioned the claim, saying he regularly shopped at the bodega.

His appearance was waived Wednesday, but News 12 told his family needed protection leaving the Bronx Courthouse.

MORE: Police: Stabbing in Longwood bodega leaves man dead 

Officers told News 12 the bodega has not reopened since the incident. A local resident whose known Torres and his family says he had just graduated college and would help his family at the store.

Torres is facing a second-degree murder charge. His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 13.

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