UPDATE: Man Charged With 2nd Deg. Murder in Fatal Stabbing in Plattsburgh

By Joe Gullo , Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv

Published 08/25 2014 12:34PM

Updated 08/25 2014 11:50PM


Police say an argument about food and cigarettes turned into a deadly situation in Plattsburgh Sunday night.

Now, a man is in Clinton County Jail charged with murder after police say he stabbed a man to death.

This happened at a gathering outside an apartment building at 1 Pine Street in Plattsburgh where there were plenty of witnesses.
“Just everything went sour,” said Matthew Turner, who was one of those witnesses.

He lives in the apartment building where police say Otis Grenton Jr., 49, stabbed Richard "Dickey" Bombard, 49, Sunday night with a steak knife.

Turner explains what he saw happen: “I saw Otis leaving the backyard and he was going over to his own house and when he came back, he was holding a knife. I really didn't know what was going on until he walked right up to Richard and stabbed him right through his heart."

Turner says the events of Sunday night are still so clear in his mind.

“I wasn't really expecting for Otis to do that,” said Turner. “I guess that's kind of what alcohol does to you."

Witnesses tell us the fight started in the backyard of the apartment building. That's where things quickly turned deadly.

Witnesses and police say the fight was over food and cigarettes but quickly escalated.

“He did swing,” said Plattsburgh Police Chief Desmond Racicot, describing Grenton’s alleged attack. “It's alleged that he swung the knife at least twice at the victim, missing him, and the third time he struck him directly over the chest."

Bombard was pronounced dead at CVPH. Police say Grenton took off, but was apprehended soon after.

Monday morning, Grenton was charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, 3rd Degree at Plattsburgh City Court. He's now being held at Clinton County Jail.

Meanwhile, those who knew Bombard are trying to remember the good times.

“Every time you'd talk to him, he'd always have a joke for you, always had a way of brightening your day,” said Matthew Turner. “He didn't have a lot of family so he let his trust leak out into his friends. He'd probably do just about anything for them."

Police say Grenton does have a prior criminal record.

No bail has been set. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 3.



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