A 19-year-old man faces a murder charge in the death of a Sodus High School senior
LYONS — After she was reported missing, a 17-year-old has been found dead and her ex-boyfriend is now charged with murder.
The victim has been identified as Alyssa Taft, a Sodus High School senior. The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old David Knight-Hollis. He is charged with second-degree murder.
Deputies say Knight-Hollis lured Taft to his home in an attempt to rekindle their relationship.
"He owed her money," Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts explained. "And it was under the presumption that she was going to go there to receive money that he owed her."
The sheriff says the two had a six-month to year-long relationship, but had broken up over the summer. According to deputies, Taft refused to restart the relationship and Knight-Hollis then grabbed a knife and prevented her from leaving.
When Taft tried to leave, Knight-Hollis stabbed her, according to deputies. "He stabbed her in the ribs and cut her throat to stop her from screaming," the sheriff said.
The Wayne County District Attorney's Office says Taft was reported missing and deputies interrupted Knight-Hollis as he was disposing of evidence.
"When deputies arrived at [Knight-Hollis' home], they found blood on the entry steps of the residence," Virts told members of the media. "He came out of the woods, and that's where deputies located him, he came out of the woods. Her body was found next to the residence, near the shrub-line.
"He had made an attempt to dispose of the body," the sheriff added. "But somehow that was foiled. I don't know if that was as deputies came in, but that led him to the woods."
Knight-Hollis was remanded to the Wayne County Jail on no bail.