Man pleads not guilty in New Year’s Eve death


CANAJOHARIE — The village man who was charged with second-degree assault pleaded not guilty to the charges and the upgraded charge of second-degree manslaughter.

Stanley T. Hall, 55, who was initially charged with second-degree assault, following an altercation that led to the death of 63-year-old Joseph T. Herting, now faces upgraded charges of second-degree manslaughter.

Hall’s case is due to go to grand jury at Montgomery County Court.

According to village police, at approximately 11:20 p.m. on Dec. 31, police responded to reports of a man bleeding on the steps of his residence at 71 Walnut St. Upon arrival Herting was found lying on the front stairs and appeared to be critically injured. Responding officers immediately began administering first aid to Herting before Canajoharie Fire Department and Greater Amsterdam Volunteer Ambulance Corps. arrived, but Herting died from his injuries.

Also upon arrival, Hall was found lying on the sidewalk in front of the residence.

Following an investigation, police determined a fight had occurred between the two men.

Both men resided in separate apartments in the building.

In January, Canajoharie Police Chief Bryan MacFadden said no weapons were involved in the altercation, that it was “just physical.”

The cause of the altercation is unknown.

According to police, several items of evidence were processed and recovered from the scene. Officers canvassed the area and were able to locate witnesses who had observed or overheard part of the altercation.

During the canvas of the crime scene, Canajoharie police were also able to locate and secure a video surveillance system that captured images of the altercation.

MacFadden said on Friday that he couldn’t comment any further on the ongoing investigation.

Hall is being held at the Montgomery County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail or $60,000 property bond.

By Josh Bovee

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