NY grad student accused of fatally stabbing Binghamton University professor

NY grad student accused of fatally stabbing Binghamton University professor

By Brittany Falkers

            A New York graduate student has been accused of fatally stabbing a 77-year-old Binghamton University anthropology professor, the Star Tribune said.

            Authorities told the Star Tribune that Abdulsalam al-Zahrani was charged with murder Saturday in the death of Richard T. Antoun of Friday, according to the Star Tribune.

            Broome County District Attorney Gerald Mollen says Antoun knew al-Zahrani from school, according to the Star Tribune.  He told the New York Times the two had known each other for "quite some time."

            Mollen says he didn't know whether al-Zahrani has an attorney.  There was no phone listing in Binghamton for the 46-year-old Saudi national, the Star Tribune said.

            Antoun died Friday after being stabbed four times with a six-inch kitchen knife, according to TransWorld News.

            University officials notified students of the stabbing by text message, TransWorld New said.

            Binghamton president Lois DeFleur called the killing "an act of senseless violence," according to TransWorld News.

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