Police continue to piece together details from homicide

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ERIE, Pa. — Millcreek Township police now know more about what led to the fatal stabbing at the Granada Apartment Complex over weekend after interviewing the suspect.

Millcreek police said Joseph Oberlander, 40, admitted to killing John Trusty, 32, but claimed it was self defense.

Trusty was killed on Friday as a result of a stab wound to the chest, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said following an autopsy over the weekend.

Trusty was found unresponsive in the hallway of 1503 B Sunrise Lake Drive around 11:20 p.m.

Millcreek police said Trusty was involved in a domestic dispute earlier in the day Friday.

Reports from the suspect and neighbors to police said when Trusty was locked out of his apartment, he made his rounds through the apartment complex asking people to use their phone.

Police said this aggravated residents.

Investigators said when they traced the stabbing back Oberlander’s apartment is when he admitted to stabbing Trusty.

Oberlander, who is in the Erie County Prison without bond, is charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing an instrument of crime.

“He claimed it was self defense,” Millcreek police Lt. Michael Little said. “That they engaged in scuffle and that was the end result.”

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