Khaliq Gale turned himself in to the Ithaca Police Department last Friday.

Khaliq Gale turned himself in to the Ithaca Police Department last Friday.

October 12, 2016

Court Docs Say Drug Deal Led to Stewart Ave Stabbing, Identify Victim

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The Sept. 27 stabbing on Stewart Ave. was the product of a drug deal gone awry, according to court records obtained by The Sun.

Khaliq Gale, 21 — whom Ithaca police identified as a suspect in the crime last week — turned himself in on Friday, The Sun previously reported. Gale was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D Felony, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Zachary Pealo, 27, the victim of the stabbing, said he arranged to sell Gale marijuana and met him near Stewart Ave. to complete the sale, according to the documents.

“I got a weird feeling when we were walking back to my Jeep because Lee was supposed to be alone and he had another male with him with his hood pulled down over his eyes,” Pealo wrote in his statement.

Gale took the box of marijuana as Pealo was retrieving it from his car and ran to the Stewart Ave. bridge, Pealo recounted. As the Pealo struggled to retrieve the box, Gale stabbed him in the thigh.

Pealo’s friend — who was present at the sale — attempted to intervene, but an unidentified man in a hood threatened him with a gun, IPD told The Ithaca Voice.

“Hey, you don’t want any part of it. It’s not worth it,” the hooded man reportedly said. Police have still not identified this second suspect and are asking that people to share any information they have about the crime.

Gale is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Wednesday at 2 p.m. Police are still searching for information on the second, unidentified suspect.

  • What the hell

    Glad this stabbing case is almost solved and almost all the details are known. That’s very nice to know. HOWEVER, there is still an unsolved murder that is almost 2 months old, also just as this drug crime had witnesses, the murder probably had more!! Including video!! No further info from any source since it happened. Does anyone see a problem here or are people just keeping their heads in the sand about this? This only makes me think that a.something is being hidden and/or protected
    Or b. That the local and state police are ill equipped to solve this crime given that it was WITNESSED!!!

  • scandalous

    Perhaps the murderer is a relative of the Provost or Interim President, or a son or daughter of an Ithaca Police Officer. Governor Cuomo should appointment an independent investigator to review safety measures on campus and the investigation into this murder. The administration of Cornell should be held accountable for failing to engage students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni in safety concerns. There is a third stabbing on Eddy street in August, and it would be nice if the Cornell Sun would provide an update on this investigation. Did it involve drugs as well? Can you FOIA police reports ?