Saratoga County

Halfmoon woman faces attempted murder charge in alleged stabbing of husband

A Halfmoon woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her husband was indicted Tuesday by a Saratoga Count

A Halfmoon woman accused of repeatedly stabbing her husband was indicted Tuesday by a Saratoga County grand jury.

Lydia Ann Salce-McKee, 50, of Route 9, faces charges that include attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault.

State police initially charged Salce-McKee only with first-degree assault after the Aug. 11 incident in Halfmoon, but Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy III said the grand jury concluded an attempted murder charge was justified.

“The grand jury heard testimony, and they indicted for attempted murder second because of the seriousness of the assault and the number of wounds,” he said.

According to Murphy, what began as a domestic dispute escalated to Salce-McKee stabbing her husband 12 times with a very large steak knife. “Many of the knife wounds were life threatening. Some were deep puncture wounds,” he said.

The victim was in intensive care at Albany Medical Center for several days and Murphy said there was concern he would die. He has since recovered but has permanent scars, Murphy said.

Salce-McKee will be arraigned at a future date.

In other indictments handed up Tuesday:

• Michael D. Rickson, 22, of Preserve Way, Saratoga Springs, and Galen Seerup, 24, of 55 Union St., Saratoga Springs, were charged with third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

They were arrested by Saratoga Springs police and charged in connection with break-ins and property thefts that occurred Aug. 23 and 24 at two city taverns, Trotters and Putnam Den, according to the indictments.

• Yancy D. Cook, 30, of Malta Avenue, Ballston Spa, was indicted on a Leandra’s Law felony charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle, and two misdemeanor counts of DWI. He was arrested by state police May 3 in Malta.

In other County Court activity before Judge Jerry J. Scarano:

• Douglas J. Sousa, 39, of Edie Road, Wilton, was sentenced to 11⁄2 to three years in state prison after a guilty plea to first-degree criminal contempt last May in Wilton. He also admitted to violating his probation on a September 2010 contempt conviction.

• Robert L. Halikias Jr., 39, of Fourth Avenue, Troy, was sentenced to 18 months in state prison with credit for time served and one year of post-release supervision. He was resentenced by Scarano after admitting to violating his probation on a drug plea entered in Rensselaer County Court in 2009.

• Briana M. Anderson, 34, of Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to a year in the county jail after admitting to a probation violation. Her original conviction was last June, for felony DWI.

• Temujin V. Bozeman, 53, of Waterbury Street, Saratoga Springs, was sentenced to three months in jail after admitting to violating probation on an earlier sentence for criminal contempt.

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