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Crime Scene: December 19, 2012

caines | 12/20/2012, 4:30 a.m.

Joseph B. Valcarcel was accused of slaying Robert Cahill, 57, and was ordered held without bail during his first appearance court hearing last Friday. According to a witness, an altercation between Valcarcel and Cahill started outside the apartment, where she saw the younger man strike Cahill in the head, the report said. Cahill tried to protect himself by using a plastic chair as a shield, the witness told police. She called police after seeing the fight. Meanwhile, another witness noticed Valcarcel outside his apartment armed with a bat. Cahill came out of the apartment and Valcarcel struck him with the bat, police said. He then allegedly dragged Cahill inside the apartment, the witness told police. Valcarcel noticed the witness and told her to go back inside her apartment, according to the report. The woman heard banging and glass breaking inside Unit 6 before everything went quiet. While being interviewed by police, Valcarcel reportedly said he had argued with Cahill over his having interrupted him during an earlier conversation with another friend. During that dispute, Cahill called Valcarcel a coward, police said. According to the police report, Valcarcel admitted to police that he used an aluminum bat to beat Cahill and then a knife to stab him in the neck.