Fonda man on trial for double slaying in 2012

By Associated Press

FONDA, N.Y. (AP) - A trial is under way for an upstate New York man charged with stabbing two people to death last year in a Mohawk Valley apartment.

Opening statements were made yesterday in Montgomery County Court for the double murder trial of 31-year-old Ivan Ramos of Amsterdam. Authorities say he killed 46-year-old Cheryl Gross and 56-year-old William McDermott in McDermott's Amsterdam apartment last March.

Prosecutors say Ramos slashed McDermott to death before bursting through a chain-locked bedroom door to kill Gross as well. Authorities say drugs were found in the apartment after the slayings.

Ramos was later charged with two counts of first-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

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