Wife discovers husband's body, death deemed "suspicious"

The estranged son of a man found dead in the Town of Clay is now facing charges.

Herman Tolbert, Jr., 23, is charged with second degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, burglary, and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

Thursday around 10:45pm, emergency crews responded to 4977 Moses Drive after Lila Tolbert found her husband unresponsive on the floor, according to Onondaga County Sheriffs deputies. Paramedics pronounced Herman Tolbert dead at the scene.

Tolbert died of a stab wound, according to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office.

The investigation uncovered evidence that someone had forced their way into the home. Detectives began following up on several leads which helped them identify Herman Tolbert, Jr. He ultimately turned himself in to sheriffs deputies.

Tolbert, Jr. allegedly forced his way into the home sometime after 8:30pm when his mother was out shopping. Detectives say he got into a fight with his father and then left the house in his dad's pickup truck.

"Detectives worked through the night, he had been seen in the neighborhood. We were able to track his stolen vehicle," said Onondaga County Sheriff Kevin Walsh.

Tolbert, Jr. was arraigned in Town of Clay Court Friday night, he was in handcuffs and heavily restrained as he was escorted in by police. The case will be turned over to the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office for further review and prosecution.

"There is a lot of forensic work, evidence collected at the scene. We still have forensic work to do on the automobile. So we'll put the case together and probably present it to a grand jury within the next few days," said Sheriff Walsh.

The incident has shocked people who live nearby. Neighbors who spoke to CNY Central say the neighborhood, which is off of Wetzel Rd. and just a few blocks from Clay Park, is usually very quiet.

That all changed last night. One neighbor reported hearing screaming. Another said he saw ambulances and sheriff's patrol cars rush to the scene.