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One dead following stabbing in parking lot of Corner Café in Wallingford

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A Meriden man has been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing that happened in the parking lot of Corner Café on Saturday night.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Wallingford police responded to the parking lot of the Corner Café at 321 Church St. in the Yalesville section of Wallingford on the report of a serious assault.

Upon arrival, responding units found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from numerous stab wounds.

Responding units attempted life-saving measures at the scene. However, the victim succumbed to his injuries on the way to the hospital.

The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Ernest Cipolli III, of Wallingford.

Wallingford police determined that Cipolli and another male subject, subsequently identified as 23-year-old Kristopher Carlson, had an altercation in the parking lot of the Corner Café.

Officials report that Carlson approached Cipolli and stabbed him numerous times with a knife. Carlson fled the scene, but was located and taken into custody.

Carlson has been charged with murder and is being held on a $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 1.

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