Police: David Sadler arrested for killing Terrance Grier with machete on Albermarle Avenue in Hempstead

Investigators say David Sadler fatally slashed Terrance Grier

Investigators say David Sadler fatally slashed Terrance Grier in the neck with a machete. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

WOODBURY - Police say a teen was killed in a machete attack Friday night in Hempstead.

Investigators say David Sadler got into an argument with 17-year-old Terrance Grier on Albermarle Avenue and slashed him in the neck.

News 12 is told the 45-year-old suspect took off, but was eventually arrested.
Grier was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Terrance Grier Sr. said that he wanted a better life for his slain son. "I told him, ‘Get out of the streets. Hempstead is going to be here forever. You can always come back,’” he said.

Sadler claims the alleged act was in self-defense, saying he was attacked and robbed by Grier and possibly others. He told News 12 that he bought the machete on the Internet.

Prosecutors told the judge that Sadler has an extensive criminal record. He was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in Hempstead.

Sadler was remanded without bail and is due back in court on July 22.

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