Two neighbors who lived across the street from one another carried on frequent arguments over things most people would term "insignificant," police said.
But at about 11 a.m. on Dec. 26 a verbal exchange turned deadly when Wayne Curry of 149 Manor Place allegedly stabbed Ian Williams of 138 Manor Place multiple times with a kitchen knife.
Mr. Williams, 25, fell to the ground in front of Mr. Curry's house and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mr. Curry, 46, an unemployed truck driver, was charged with second degree murder, and is being held without bail, said Det. Lt. Frank Guidice, commander of the Nassau County police homicide squad.
The verbal exchange took a deadly turn when Mr. Williams walked over to Mr. Curry's property and "the threats turned into a physical confrontation," he said.
In the ensuing scuffle Mr. Curry pulled out a knife and stabbed Mr. Williams, who was unarmed, Det. Lt. Guidice said.
Asked whether earlier reports that the arguments revolved around Mr. Williams's dog, Kenya, and her soiling Mr. Curry's yard, Det. Lieut. Guidice said that the dog was "possibly" but not necessarily the cause.
The men argued and argued for a long period of time over many things and "just didn't get along" he said.