ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca man accused of stabbing a person in the leg will remain released on his own recognizance for up to six months, following a court appearance Wednesday.

Khaliq Gale, 21, turned himself in to police Friday after officials released a photo of him to the public, indicating that he was a suspect in the crime. Court records state that the stabbing happened during a drug deal gone bad.

Gale was charged with felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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He was initially jailed on $1,000 cash bail of $2,000 property bond, but posted one of the two and was released Saturday afternoon, an official said.

He appeared with his attorney, Seth Peacock, in Ithaca City Court for a Felony Preliminary Hearing Wednesday.

The Tompkins County DA’s office opted not to present evidence regarding the crime, and Gale was released on his own recognizance.

The prosecutor has six months to take further legal action, which could include taking the case to grand jury in an effort to indict Gale on the charges, reduce the charges to a misdemeanor or dismiss the case.

Officer Jamie Williamson, of the Ithaca Police Department, said Tuesday that Gale has not identified the second suspect in the case, who allegedly pointed a gun at a person.

Police are asking  anyone with information about the crime contact them using the following methods:

Police Dispatch: 607-272-3245

Police Administration: 607-272-9973

Crime Stoppers Tipline: 607-697-0333

Email Tip Address: http://www.cityofithaca.org/FormCenter/Ithaca-Police-Department-5/Ithaca-Police-Department-Tipline-47

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