Police: Trail of blood led to arrest in December stabbing

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ERIE, Pa. — A Millcreek Township police officer testified on Tuesday that a trail of blood led to the arrest of Joseph Oberlander in the December killing of a man in Millcreek Township.

During Oberlander’s first court appearance at the Erie County Courthouse, Millcreek police officer Robert Bucko took the stand and testified that a trail of blood that went from John Trusty, 32, to Oberlander’s apartment led to the arrest.

Oberlander, 40, is charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and killing Trusty in the hallway of 1503 B Sunrise Lake Drive in the Granada Apartment complex on Dec. 2. Trusty was found unresponsive in the hallway of the building.

Bucko said on Tuesday that Oberlander told him Trusty was drunk and knocking at Oberlander’s door, asking to use his phone. Oberlander admitted to stabbing Trusty with a pocket knife, Bucko said. Oberlander said it was self-defense.

Trusty died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Oberlander’s attorney asked detectives about his mental state during conversations with him. Trusty’s father denied that it was self-defense, saying Oberlander was never harmed in the incident.

Oberlander remains in Erie County Prison without bond. He will face a jury for these charges. No trial date has been set.

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