Brooklyn man headed to trial for Rome stabbing death after rejecting plea offer

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Brooklyn man accused of stabbing a Rome man to death in September has said 'no' to a plea offer in Oneida County Court in Utica on Tuesday.

That means Terrance Dames, 26, will now head to trial for the murder of Rome resident Stephen LaPointe. Prosecutors say the two got into an argument right before the stabbing in the area of Lawrence and Depeyster Streets in the City of Rome.

Dames has told police that LaPointe started an argument with him by saying a racial slur, and that he wrestled a knife from LaPointe and stabbed him in self defense.

Dames also faces a weapons possession charge, forgery and false personation charges.

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