Documents state Albany man was allegedly killed by his roommate
The Albany man who police said was killed in a weekend stabbing was a former nurse at St. Peter’s Hospital.
Albany Police arrested a suspect, Ashley Heshmat. NewsChannel 13 has learned Heshmat and the victim were roommates.
Heshmat “intentionally caused the death of his roommate, Justin Bishop, by stabbing him with an unknown object several times,” according to court documents.
When Albany Police responded to Bishop and Heshmat’s home on Rose Court on Sunday, they found Bishop, 48, with multiple cuts to his head and neck, they said.
Police found Bishop dead during a welfare check. Bishop had not been heard from in almost 24 hours.
Documents also noted there were wounds on Bishop, and wounds on Heshmat’s hands.
Heshmat is charged with second-degree murder. He was arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court before being sent to the Albany County Jail.
NewsChannel 13 has also learned Bishop worked at St. Peter’s Hospital for nearly 18 years.
Although he did not work there at the time of his death, St. Peter’s said in a statement:
“The St. Peter’s Health Partners family is deeply saddened by the loss of Justin Bishop. Although not a current employee, Justin was previously a longstanding member of our team, having worked at St. Peter’s Hospital for nearly 18 years. During that time, he helped care for some of our sickest patients as a nurse in our emergency department and intensive care unit and later shared his knowledge as an informatics specialist. Justin was highly respected and beloved by his colleagues. To help the many staff members impacted by this loss, we have engaged the services of our St. Peter’s Crime Victims Services unit, as well as our chaplains, both of whom are providing emotional and spiritual support. We offer our sincerest condolences and prayers during this extremely difficult time to those who knew and loved Justin.”