A man accused of fatally stabbing a security guard and wounding another employee at an addiction rehabilitation center in upstate New York faces second-degree murder and felony assault charges.

Richard Giga was indicted Tuesday on charges of killing 60-year-old Leland Wood at the Renaissance Project in Ellenville on Oct. 6 and stabbing 35-year-old nurse Keri Reynolds in the chest as he forced her to drive him from the center.

If convicted, the 24-year-old former center resident faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Public Defender Andrew Kossover, whose office is representing Giga, says it is investigating the case. He would not comment further.

Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright told the Daily Freeman of Kingston that it was a "useless killing."


Information from: Daily Freeman, http://www.dailyfreeman.com/