Khaliq Gale, 21, one suspect charged with stabbing Zachary Pealo, 27, on Stewart Avenue two weeks ago, will be released on his own recognizance for up to six months following his preliminary hearing at Wednesday.
Gale, who turned himself in to the Ithaca Police Department last Friday, accompanied by his attorney, was charged with Assault in the Second Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.
According to court documents, the stabbing resulted from an unsuccessful drug deal, when the victim of the stabbing arranged to sell Gale marijuana.
Gale reportedly took the box of marijuana as Pealo was retrieving it from his car and ran towards the Stewart Ave. bridge. When Pealo tried to retrieve the box, Gale stabbed him in the thigh. No one involved in the stabbing was related to Cornell, IPD has confirmed.
According to IPD Officer Jamie Williamson, the second suspect involved in the violent altercation — who allegedly possessed a handgun — has yet to be identified.