Suspect arrested in fatal Hempstead stabbing, victim tried to defend woman

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island (WABC) -- A homeless man in Nassau County is facing murder charges in a deadly stabbing.

Roy Christmas, 36, is accused of stabbing a man to death outside a home in Hempstead.

The incident happened at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at a home on Warner Avenue near the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue in Hempstead.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Fitzpatrick said Christmas and a woman believed to be a family member began fighting over money inside the house. Christmas believed the woman owed him money, Fitzpatrick said, and the fight became physical and spilled into the backyard.

There, authorities say 57-year-old William Pinckney, from Freeport, came to the woman's defense.

"During this physical altercation with the subject, the subject started to stab him with a cutting instrument," Fitzpatrick said.

Pinckney was killed.

Christmas is charged with second-degree murder.

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