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Pennsylvania Man Killed Neighbor During Dispute Over 'Loud Snoring' Heard 'Through the Shared Wall': Cops

Penn. Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Neighbor Over 'Loud Snoring'
Source: Upper Moreland Township Police Department; Unsplash

Christopher Casey and his neighbor allegedly got into an argument over Casey's 'loud snoring,' which ended in the neighbor being fatally stabbed, police said.

Jan. 22 2024, Published 12:23 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after he allegedly killed his neighbor during an argument about the suspect’s “loud snoring,” authorities said.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, officers responded to a home in Hatboro for a reported stabbing, according to the Upper Moreland Township Police Department.

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At the scene, police found 62-year-old Robert Wallace about 50 feet away from the home suffering stab wounds.

He was transported to a local hospital, where he later died. An autopsy was completed, which determined he died of multiple stab wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide.

Police also found Wallace’s neighbor and occupant of the home, 55-year-old Christopher Casey, with a stab wound to his thigh. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

WPVI-TV reported that Casey’s injury was self-inflicted and accidental.

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Casey initially called 911 and said Wallace “broke my window,” and “I attacked my neighbor. He came to attack me,” WPVI-TV reported.

Officers recovered a large military-style knife on the front porch of the home, as well as a cell phone. They also noticed the window of the home was open, and a screen had been removed and placed in a nearby grassy area, officials said.

Police also saw blood inside and outside of the home.

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Authorities said Casey and Wallace “were known to Upper Moreland Police due to ongoing arguments.” They reportedly argued about Casey’s “loud snoring,” which Wallace “could hear through the shared wall of the two residences.”

The two men had been dealing with “personal issues” for about a year and a half, and police were called to the area several times, WPVI reported.

On the day of the fatal stabbing, police say Wallace went to Casey’s home while he was eating, removed the window screen and a verbal argument ensued.

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The men reportedly talked through the window for about 20 minutes, and Wallace eventually calmed down and even offered to help pay for nasal surgery to treat Casey’s loud snoring, according to WPVI.

Casey allegedly unlocked his front door, but kept a knife in his hand and a stun gun underneath a blanket, officials said.

Court documents stated, “Casey described Wallace as being very ‘volatile,’” and “he did not believe Wallace’s intention of ‘try to work this out’ and ‘shake hands’ and try ‘to fix this situation’ was genuine.”

Casey allegedly stabbed Wallace multiple times and he reportedly told police Wallace had not been threatening him when the attack occurred in the doorway, authorities said.

On Jan. 18, Casey was arrested and charged with third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and possessing an instrument of crime, officials said.

He was booked into jail and is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29.

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