Police investigate fatal stabbing at Schoharie County apartment building


CENTRAL BRIDGE -- Police say a dispute between two neighbors turned deadly overnight in Schoharie County. Officials say a 29-year-old man is dead after he was stabbed in the neck following an altercation with a neighbor in the apartment building he lived in. Police say there were many witnesses.

"We shut the lights off and locked the doors because we didn't know what was going on."

A late-night disturbance frightened residents at the Central Bridge apartment building, causing one to see what was going on outside her door.

"It was just disgusting, there was screaming, there was blood everywhere," she told us.

Police say around 10:30 p.m. Friday night, authorities received a call for a stabbing at 197 Church St., an 8-unit apartment building.

"Troopers responded and arrived on the scene in approximately three to four minutes and found a victim suffering from stab wounds to the neck,” NYS Police Capt. Michael Tietz said Saturday.

Police say the victim, who they say died on scene, was Zachary George, 29, and that the suspect was not hard to find.

"It was pretty clear who was responsible, he was immediately taken into custody, there was no struggle."

Kevin Hodgins, 30, was arrested and arraigned Saturday morning at Schoharie Town Court. He was charged with second degree manslaughter, and police would not comment on if Hodgins gave a reason for what they say happened.

"Whether or not self-defense played a role in this, we're not prepared to say at this time," police said.

Police did say there was a call to the building earlier on Friday - and multiple before that.

"Yes,” they said, “this is an area that was familiar with law enforcement."

Having seen disagreements between residents there on several occasions, police say this one went too far.

"It was just a neighborhood dispute over language, certain neighbors not respecting other neighbors, for it to evolve into this violent type of an incident, there's really no reason for it."

Hodgins pleaded not guilty. He is due back in court on Monday evening and is currently being held on $15,000 cash bail, $30,000 bond.

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