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Deputies: Man, 19, slit throat of Sodus HS senior

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, 17-year-old Alyssa Taft was a senior at Sodus High School. (Photo: Sodus Central School District)

Sodus, N.Y. (WHAM) - A Sodus man has been charged with stabbing a 17-year-old girl in the throat, killing her.

According to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office, 17-year-old Alyssa Taft was a senior at Sodus High School. Investigators said she was killed at a home on Boyd Rd.

Our news partners at the Times of Wayne County said David Knight-Hollis, Taft's 19-year-old ex-boyfriend, called authorities to say he committed the crime. The relationship lasted for six months to a year, given varying accounts from authorities and family members.

Court documents state Knight-Hollis killed Taft around 3 p.m. at the home at Lot 36 on Boyd Road.

Sheriff Virts said Knight-Hollis told Taft that he was going to give her money that he owed her in an attempt to lure her to his home after she came back from school on Thursday. He later confessed to deputies that he wanted to try to rekindle their previous relationship.

Once at the home, Taft reportedly refused to rekindle the relationship. Knight-Hollis then grabbed a knife and would not let her leave the home. When she continued to attempt to leave, Knight-Hollis then allegedly stabbed her in the ribs and slit her throat to get her to stop screaming.

Around 11:25 p.m. Thursday, investigators were called to the home on Boyd Road after Alyssa's mother, Sara, reported her missing. Deputies found blood at the steps of the home and began treating the mobile home as a crime scene.

Sheriff Virts said around 12:25 a.m. Friday, a 911 call came in from a man saying he had just killed a girl named Alyssa. As investigators were looking through the crime scene, Knight-Hollis then came out of the woods behind the trailer park and surrendered to deputies.

He tried to dispose of her body, according to Sheriff Virts, but was unsuccessful for unknown reasons.

Knight-Hollis is being charged with second-degree murder for intentionally causing the death of Taft. He was arraigned in Sodus Town Court, had no bail set and was remanded to the Wayne County Jail. He is scheduled to be back in court on November 8 at 10 a.m.

Wayne County Sheriff Barry Virts said a grand jury will be convened and additional charges will be pursued against Knight-Hollis.

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