A man is dead following an early-morning stabbing Wednesday in an upstairs apartment at 111 E. Lynde St., according to Watertown police, and a woman is being arraigned in Watertown Town Court.
Krista M. Goley, 25, was charged with second-degree manslaughter. The victim was her boyfriend, Timothy C. Rolland, 21, according to an incident report from May.
They lived together, said a neighbor, Mary V. Bellinger, 115 E. Lynde St., who told the Times that she heard the woman threaten to stab the man.
“The girl said she was going to stab him, and she did,” Mrs. Bellinger said.
City police were notified of a stabbing at 1:40 a.m., and the victim was taken a short time later to Samaritan Medical Center by Guilfoyle Ambulance. He was pronounced dead at 2:02 a.m.
An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday afternoon by Dr. Samuel A. Livingstone, Jefferson County medical examiner.
Charges are pending against the woman, police said.
Mrs. Bellinger is in a ground-floor unit of a four-apartment house, below the apartment where the stabbing occurred.
Mrs. Bellinger said she was talking with the couple at about 11 p.m. Tuesday on the front steps of her apartment. The conversation was friendly at the time, she said, but during the chat, she said she heard the young woman tell the man “I'm going to stab you if you don't behave yourself.”
She said she had heard arguments in the upper apartment “day-in and day-out,” and following the stairway conversation, she heard more shouting and “stuff banging around.”
Then she heard sirens, she said.
Mrs. Bellinger, who has lived in the same apartment 35 years, said the couple, with a 5-year-old boy, had been upstairs about a year. She did not know their names, however.
She identified the victim as Mr. Rolland from a photocopy of a Jefferson County Jail mug shot.
“That's him, no doubt about it,” she said.
Mr. Rolland was arrested May 9 on charges of felony criminal contempt, third-degree assault, second-degree harassment and petit larceny. He was accused of kicking and punching Ms. Goley in the face and of choking a man identified as Nathan J. Hitsman. He also grabbed Ms. Goley's cell phone to prevent her from calling police.
He pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court on May 31 to second-degree criminal contempt and third-degree assault. He was sentenced to 89 days in jail, but with credit given for time served awaiting the disposition, he was released on July 7, according to jail personnel.