New York man fatally stabs uncle in ongoing bathroom dispute: DA

The Harlem Man Who stabbed his uncle to death killed their relatives in their shared apartment in a tense knife fight over access to the bathroom, prosecutors said Sunday.

Video from bloody battle could bolster the self-defense argument of Nehemiah Terry-Peterson, 23, who was arraigned Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court, prosecutors said. He faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, criminal contempt and criminal possession of a weapon.

Terry-Peterson and his great-uncle, Beverly Simon, had fought over the bathroom before — Simon had to walk through his nephew’s bedroom to get to the bathroom, and the younger man wasn’t happy about that, Assistant District Attorney Sarah Marquez said.

On Oct. 26, Terry-Peterson refused to let Simon through his room, slammed the door in his face and broke his nose, Marquez said in his arraignment. That led to assault charges and a limited protective order — because the two live together.

A 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found unconscious and unresponsive with a stab wound to the torso at 560 West 151st Street in Manhattan on Friday in January.  19, 2024.

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A 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found unconscious and unresponsive with a stab wound to the torso in a Harlem apartment building in January. 19. (Theodore Parisienne for the New York Daily News)

Terry-Peterson case transferred to ‘problem resolution’ alternate short program, public records show, but the problem was far from resolved.

Around 6 a.m. Friday, Simon went through Terry-Peterson’s bedroom again to get to the bathroom, which led to another argument, Marquez said. Simon left the room and Terry-Peterson took something out of his backpack and put it in his pocket, the prosecutor said.

Simon then returned with a large knife in hand and lunged at his nephew, who pleaded with him to leave, according to the criminal complaint.

Simon turned as if to leave and then grabbed a pair of scissors from the dresser, Marquez said. It was when Terry-Peterson threw a knife at Simon, stabbing him in the chest, then pushed him out of his bedroom and closed the door that the complaint was reduced.

Simon died minutes later on his own bedroom floor, according to Marquez.

A neighbor heard screaming, saw Simon on the floor and called 911.

Terry-Peterson also called 911 to say he was fighting with his uncle and his uncle “stabbed himself,” Marquez.

A 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene after he was found unconscious and unresponsive with a stab wound to the torso at 560 West 151st Street in Manhattan on Friday in January.  19, 2024.

Theodore Parisienne for the New York Daily News

The case may have been self-defense, the prosecutor said. (Theodore Parisienne for the New York Daily News)

Prosecutors have access to about five minutes of surveillance video that appears to support Terry-Peterson’s claim of self-defense, though investigators have found gaps in the footage and are still looking into it, Marquez said.

That led to prosecutors asking for supervised release, which a judge granted on Saturday. He is due back in court in February. 27.

Vernon Terry, Terry-Peterson’s grandfather, who rents the apartment, said Friday that Simon squatted there for nine years without contributing to household expenses.

Terry described Simon – his late wife’s brother – as a bum who spent all day trying to earn money by playing various lotteries.

“I asked him on a couple of occasions – I told him, ‘I need my space.’ He told me he’s not moving and he’ll leave when he feels like it,” Terry said Friday.

He declined to comment further when contacted on Sunday.

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