New Scotland murder suspect pleads not guilty, new court date scheduled

Jacob Klein walked into court today and faced a judge for the first time in-person since the murder of Philip Rabadi. Klein pleaded not guilty.

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Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says a deputy found Rabadi at his home on the garage floor, bound with multiple stab wounds and his body mutilated. Klein’s Defense Attorney Mark Bederow says he received police reports, and a few witness statements but says it’s too early to draw conclusions. “They’re very serious allegations, obviously feel terrible for the Rabadi family, his wife, and family but Mr. Klein has entered a plea of not guilty he’s entitled to due process presumption of innocence,” Bederow said.

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Wednesday, April 13th, Philip Rabadi’s wife requested a welfare check for her husband when he didn’t show up to work. The Sheriff says investigators gathered enough information and within in 48 hours, Klein was arrested in Virginia and placed in jail.

The Sheriff says Klein traveled from Virginia and began stalking Rabadi three days before the murder. Attorney Bederow declined to say if his client was in Albany last week.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Klein Monday at 3 pm.