Teen charged in fatal stabbing of stepdad with butcher knife
A young man fatally stabbed his stepfather at the family’s Richmond Hill home Sunday afternoon, police sources said.
The stepson took a butcher knife to 50-year-old David Hightower during an argument in their third-floor apartment on 114th Street near Myrtle Avenue just after 3:30 p.m., sources said.
David Hightower, 50, was arguing with his stepson Nickel McLean, 19, when McLean grabbed a large butcher knife and stabbed his stepfather five times about 2:30 p.m. inside their third-floor apartment on 114th St. near Myrtle Ave. in Richmond Hill, sources said.
Hightower was rushed to Jamaica Hospital with three stab wounds to his chest, one stab wound to his left arm and one to his midsection, the source said.
He died at the hospital, police said.
McLean was taken into police custody at the scene and brought to a nearby precinct, cops said. He has been charged with second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.
Police found the knife in the one-bedroom apartment, where sources said a television was upended, likely knocked over during the dispute.
A neighbor who lives below the stepfather and stepson said he could hear a commotion going on upstairs.
“I heard noise and I came out and I heard a woman’s voice calling for police… They (the police) were up there and then they brought the guy (Hightower) out,” said the man who declined to give his name. “He seemed like a nice kid. He was very quiet.”
There is no history of domestic violence between Hightower and McLean, a police source said.
But there was evidence of injuries on McLean that were allegedly inflicted by Hightower, as well as weapons belonging to Hightower found near his body in the apartment, according to Michael Siff, McLean’s attorney.