Case Closed in Walton Stabbing Trial

By Alice Maggiore
By Brennan Smith

Case Closed in Walton Stabbing Trial

May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM EDT

Walton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The man accused in a fatal stabbing is found guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter.

Lejuan Wainwright was accused of fatally stabbing 20-year-old Tyler Warner outside of an apartment on Mead Street in Walton.

Wainwright is originally from Florida.

He was 20 years old when arrested last August.

He was originally charged with second degree murder, but a Delaware County grand jury later indicted him on a first-degree manslaughter charge.

After nine days of trial, a jury finds Wainwright guilty of Second Degree Manslaughter.

His defense argued that Tyler Warner was drunk and aggressive the night of the stabbing, and choked Wanright to the point of blacking out.

They argue Wainwright acted in self-defense.

"I think it was a fair and honorable decision by the jury. I think that the people provided him with a fair trial. Mr. Northrop prosecuted aggressively, but fairly. Judge Becker gave him a very fair trial, and I think that Lejuan received all that anyone under his circumstance could hope for," said Lejuan Wainwright's Assigned Council, Andrew Puritz.

We were unsuccessful in obtaining comment from the district attorney.

Wainwright is due back in Delaware County Court for sentencing May 21st.

He could spend up to 25 years in prison.