Harlem Man Claims Self-Defense in Fatal Stabbing of Great Uncle

NEW YORK, NY – A Harlem man is facing charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon after allegedly fatally stabbing his great uncle, but his attorney claims it was an act of self-defense. Nehemiah Terry-Peterson, 23, was arrested on Friday evening following the death of his 74-year-old great uncle, Simon Beverly.

According to authorities, the incident took place in the home the family shared on West 151st Street, near Broadway in West Harlem. Terry-Peterson’s attorney, Elizabeth Fischer, of Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, asserted that there is surveillance footage proving Terry-Peterson acted in self-defense. Fischer stated that Terry-Peterson and his family had been living in fear of his great uncle and went as far as installing security cameras in Terry-Peterson’s bedroom.

Fischer claimed that on the morning of the incident, Beverly barged into Terry-Peterson’s bedroom with a large butcher knife, prompting Terry-Peterson to defend himself. Fischer called on the Manhattan District Attorney to dismiss the case against Terry-Peterson and stated that the district attorney should refer to the surveillance footage as evidence.

The office of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has not yet provided a comment in response to the allegations made by Terry-Peterson’s attorney. This case is reminiscent of similar self-defense cases in the city, including the recent dropping of murder charges against a Harlem bodega worker and a 20-year-old man who fatally stabbed a fellow passenger on the J train. These cases have sparked public outcry and raised questions about the application of self-defense laws in New York City.

The outcome of this case remains to be seen as authorities and the district attorney’s office continue their investigation. Terry-Peterson has not yet been arraigned, and the controversy surrounding self-defense cases in New York City persists.