Man Who Police Say Killed His Sister With Bayonet Claimed It Was Over Her 'Witchcraft': Report

Source: New York State Police

Apr. 30 2022, Published 4:26 p.m. ET

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A New York man who police say stabbed his sister to death with a bayonet said he "was done with her witchcraft," according to WWNY.

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In the Town of Lyme, 51-year-old Anthony Dibella was arrested in connection to his sister's death and charged with second-degree murder and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

According to court documents, Dibella stabbed 67-year-old Wanda Paoli in the head, neck and face with a bayonet blade and an awl, WWNY reports. The papers recorded him as saying she was "getting in the way of me communicating to God" and that he "was done with her witchcraft."

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Court documents state that Dibella and Paoli were living with their 89-year-old mother at 6782 Failing Shores Lane on Point Peninsula. Court papers state that Dibella called police to report he stabbed his sister, according to WWNY.

Jefferson County dispatchers reported getting a call from a man named Tony saying "that Wanda Paoli is being killed, she is a witch, killed with a knife and awl, and is currently on the porch, WWNY reports.

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Police handcuffed Dibella and found Paoli dead on the house's porch. The mother was not hurt, according to WWNY.

Court documents say Dibell spoke with his brother, Russell Dibella, who lives in Texas, and Dibella said "I killed her. I stabbed her in the head," the news outlet reports.

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Dibella is being held without bail in county jail.

Source: New York State Police

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