SOUTH WHITEHALL, Pa. - A quiet suburban neighborhood in Lehigh County turned into a crime scene Saturday, after police said a man stabbed his half-brother to death during an alcohol-fueled argument.
The suspect stabbed his half-brother multiple times during an argument after a night of drinking, South Township police said.
As detectives collected evidence, neighbors along Leh Street were stunned to hear what happened next door.
"Never. Never has this ever happened," neighbor Donna Seng said. "This is the scariest thing that's ever happened."
According to investigators, the stabbing started after a night of drinking at a friend's house at 1521 Leh Street. Cory Maletsky, 23, is now charged with stabbing his half-brother four times, killing him.
Police say Maletsky and the victim, Chris Lloyd, 31, got into some sort of fight there after 3 a.m. Saturday.
Maletsky claimed his half-brother was attacking him -- that Lloyd was trying to choke him and was punching him in the face.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Maletsky told police, "At that point I felt I was in danger of serious bodily injury. I pulled a knife [from a sheath in his boot] and Chris sustained two wounds to the stomach area."
According to investigators, Lloyd was stabbed four times.
"That's a shame," said Paul Miller, who lives next door to the house. "I know the families, both of them."
Maletsky does not appear to have a criminal record. Lloyd recently completed a state rehab program after a drunk driving arrest.
So far, authorities are not saying what the fight was about. Longtime neighbors said the area is an extremely quiet neighborhood where violence of any kind is almost non-existent.
"It doesn't make sense," Seng said.
Miller added: "We never had anything. Geez, no."
A Lehigh Co. magistrate formally charged Maletsky with criminal homicide Saturday afternoon. He is in the Lehigh Co. Prison with no bond allowed.
- New entertainment complex planned for Allentown
- Police allege DUI suspect four times over the limit
- Young woman tried using 83-year-old's ID to buy iPhones, police said
- Police standoff ends in Bethlehem; man taken out of home after 5 hours
- LVPC offers regional industrial development overview
- Allentown doctor pleads guilty to tax crimes
- PSP troopers injured in struggle with bar patron
- Police: Argument leads to man being intentionally struck by vehicle
- Woman dies after being attacked by her dog in Upper Macungie
- Updated Doctor accused of bribing Menendez guilty of Medicare fraud
- Updated Police allege Easton man attacks ex in drunken rage
- Berks businesses honored as 'People's Choice' leaders
- New report shows percent drop in overall crime in New Jersey
- Updated Police activity prompts 'secure in place' measure at Pleasant Valley School District
- Updated Judge: Cosby jury can hear about quaaludes, not Spanish fly
- Warm again today with some sunshine