Victor man charged with manslaughter in August stabbing
NOTE: An earlier version of this article mistakenly characterized the nature of Jakob Chittenden’s injuries.
ONTARIO COUNTY, N.Y. — A deadly stabbing in Victor last summer was predicated by a bar fight.
That’s according to the attorney for Jakob Chittenden, 21, who was indicted Thursday on first-degree manslaughter.
He’s accused of killing Adam Record, 26, of Manchester, who was killed in the driveway of Chittenden’s Victor home.
Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts was tight-lipped about the circumstances of the case and would not discuss a motive.
“Obviously we’ve got significant injuries to Adam Record that resulted to his death as a result of the stabbing — that’s as much as we are in a position to say until we get to the trial phase and when more evidence comes out,” Ritts said.
According to the preliminary investigation, Record followed Chittenden, then 20, home from a Fairport bar and without warning attacked him as he got out of his car. A fight broke out, and it was gruesome: Record died at the scene.
Chittenden’s attorney, Dan Strollo, says his client acted in self-defense.
“He (Record) assaulted my client so severely, that both bones in my clients leg were broken — those are some of the strongest bones in your body,” Strollo said. “For the district attorney to stand there and say to a judge that … self-defense is not going to be an issue is preposterous.”
“My heart goes out to his family, but the fact of the matter remains this individual is dead because of the decisions that he made that night by going over to my client’s house and assaulting him in his own driveway,” Strollo said.
The district attorney says both men had no prior relationship before that night.
Chittenden is in the Ontario County Jail on $25,000 bail. He’s due back in court next month, when a pretrial conference is set for Feb. 15.
Attorneys say there was no ring doorbell footage of the fight, but they have witnesses taking part in the investigation. News10NBC is also told there was no known connection between the two.