ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A dispute between neighbors over water ended with one dead, the other behind bars for murder.
It happened near Montgomery and Wyoming. The neighbor says she went over to ask Richard Maliszewski for water since their utilities had been turned off, but he started yelling racial slurs at her.
She says when her boyfriend, Christopher Yazzi, went over to confront him, Maliszewski shot him. Maliszewski admitted to the shooting, claiming the neighbor threatened him with a knife and bat.
Police say surveillance video shows there was a bat with a knife attached to it next to the house, but at no point did Christopher have it in his hand. Maliszewski is charged with an open count of murder.