HATBORO, Pennsylvania – A 55-year-old man from Hatboro is now facing charges of third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and possession of a crime instrument in connection to the death of his 62-year-old neighbor. The incident, which involved a stabbing, is believed to be the culmination of an ongoing dispute between the two men over “loud snoring.”
The Upper Moreland Township Police Department responded to a 911 call on Monday evening, reporting a stabbing at a residence on Fitch Road, approximately 15 miles north of Philadelphia. When officers arrived, they found the victim, Robert Wallace, suffering from multiple stab wounds outside the house. Wallace was rushed to Abington Hospital but sadly succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect, Christopher James Casey, was also injured and transported to Abington Hospital for treatment of a stab wound on his right thigh. As investigators searched Casey’s residence, they discovered a large military-style knife and a cellphone on the front porch. Additionally, a window screen that appeared to have been removed was found discarded in a nearby grassy area. Notably, the window from which the screen was taken was found open when police arrived.
The police, along with Montgomery County Detectives, jointly investigated the incident. Authorities revealed that the two men had an ongoing history of disputes, with one major point of contention being Casey’s allegedly loud snoring, which Wallace could hear through their shared wall. On the day of the incident, Wallace reportedly visited Casey’s residence while he was having dinner. An argument ensued, and Casey allegedly used the military-style knife to repeatedly stab Wallace.
Forensic analysis revealed the presence of blood spatter both inside and outside Casey’s home. An autopsy later confirmed that Wallace’s death was caused by multiple stab wounds to the chest. Three days after the autopsy results, Casey was arrested and charged.
The tragic incident serves as a reminder of the dangerous consequences that can arise from ongoing neighborhood disputes. The case will now proceed through the legal system as authorities seek justice for the victim and his grieving family.