DA: Man convicted of murder in 2021 Gloversville stabbing death of neighbor

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Adam W. Mitchell – Credit: Fulton County District Attorney’s Office

JOHNSTOWN A Gloversville man was convicted Friday in the March 2021 stabbing death of a man in Gloversville, Fulton County District Attorney’s officials said.

Adam W. Mitchell, 53, of Gloversville, was found guilty of one count of second-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Joseph Robert Hoyt, prosecutors said.

Mitchell now faces up to 25 years to life in prison at his sentencing in August.

The Fulton County Court jury returned its verdict at about 2 p.m. Friday, after about 10 hours of deliberations in the case, prosecutors said. In returning the guilty verdict, the jury rejected Mitchell’s claims of self-defense.

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Hoyt was found in the hallway of 207 N. Main St., March 27, 2021, having been stabbed three times, prosecutors said. He died of his wounds.

Investigators soon determined that Mitchell had stabbed Hoyt after tensions between the two had escalated in the week prior to the murder, prosecutors said. Mitchell and Hoyt lived in the same building.

Then, on March 27, 2021, an altercation began between Mitchell and Hoyt where Mitchell stabbed and killed Hoyt, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors backed their case with blood and DNA evidence and photos, prosecutors said. The trial began May 4.

The jury also convicted Mitchell of first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felonies, prosecutors said.

Acting District Attorney Amanda Nellis prosecuted. Mitchell was represented by attorney Kyle Davis.

In a statement, Nellis thanked the jury, as well as both the Gloversville Police Department and the New York State Police Forensic Identification Center.

“This case is one example of how different law enforcement agencies can work together cooperatively and successfully,” the statement read.

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By Steven Cook

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