New Scotland murder suspect expected in court in Virginia Tuesday

The man charged in the murder of a 35-year-old man in New Scotland is expected to be arraigned on a fugitive warrant in a Virginia district court on Tuesday. That’s according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple, who says he’s expected to face a judge at an unknown time in Washington General District Court.

The man accused of the gruesome murder is 40-year-old Jacob Klein. The sheriff’s office tells NewsChannel 13 Klein is charged with second-degree murder. He’s accused of murdering Philip Rabadi in his home.

Rabadi was a physician assistant at St. Peter’s. So is his wife.

The sheriff’s office will not give details on a motive. However, they did say Rabadi’s wife called 911 and asked for a welfare check because Rabadi did not show up for work. That’s when he was found dead in the garage of his home at 120 Miller Rd.

NewsChannel 13 is learning that Klein and Rabadi’s wife were in a relationship years prior.

The sheriff’s office says Klein drove from Virginia and stalked the couple for three days before the murder happened.

Law enforcement arrested Klein as he was heading back to Virginia, where he lives. He was arrested near the Virginia-Tennessee border Friday, about two hours from his home in Wirtz, Virginia.

Klein is licensed as a physician assistant in Virginia, and online records show the license was issued in February 2022. Records in New York show he was last registered as a PA in 2018. It’s unclear how long Klein was living in Virginia prior to getting a PA license there.

Klein has ties to the Capital Region, though. Apple tells NewsChannel 13 he went to Albany Academy and graduated in 1997, and that he also served in the Marines as a combat medic.

The sheriff says police have a "decent motive developed" but he could not comment on it.

He’s expected to return to New York in custody later in the week or early next week, at which point Apple says he will be charged with Rabadi’s murder.