ITHACA, N.Y. — Twelve jurors were selected Monday in the trial of an Ithaca man accused of stabbing someone during a drug deal gone wrong.

Khaliq Gale was indicted on first-degree assault, second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in April. Gale has maintained his innocence.

He was named a suspect in a stabbing that happened on the Stewart Avenue Bridge on Sept. 26, 2016.

Police respond to the scene of a stabbing on the Stewart Avenue bridge on Sept. 27, 2016. Photo by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

According to court documents, Gale was trying to buy marijuana from Dryden man Zachary M. Pealo when the deal took a bad turn. Pealo told police that he and Gale were walking to his car to get the marijuana. When they arrived at the car, Gale allegedly grabbed the drugs, ran toward the bridge, and Pealo ran after him. When Pealo caught up to Gale, he said he felt a pain in his left thigh.

“I went to my knees, tried to get up, reached down and touched my leg. That is when I saw blood on my hand,” Pealo said in court documents.

Gale turned himself into the police in October after officials released a photo of him to the public when they were unable to find him. He was arrested and jailed on a $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond, which he posted.

Attorney Seth Peacock is representing Gale and the case is being prosecuted by District Attorney Matt Van Houten.

Opening statements are expected to begin today.

Jolene Almendarez

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