State Police investigating Killington stabbing

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— On Jan. 1, at approximately 6:26 a.m., Vermont State Police troopers from VSP-Rutland were dispatched to a large party, attended by over 100 people, at 3593 East Mountain Rd. in Killington. The residence is owned by a Richard Sylvester. Troopers were advised that a bloody male had been located in a snow bank near the residence.

When troopers arrived, they found a male covered in blood. They were able to identify him as Joseph Tannetta, 32, of Massachusetts. Tannetta had not suffered any injuries and the blood was apparently not his.

The Rutland VSP barracks then received a call from an officer of the Rutland City Police Dept. that a male, who was transported by friends to the Rutland Regional Medical Center, was suffering from numerous stab wounds. This male was identified as Dennis Walsh, 30. Detective from the Vermont Bureau of Criminal Investigations were then called in to assist.

Detectives interviewed numerous people who were at the party, the emergency room, and the victim himself. Everyone interviewed were uncooperative and stated that there was a fight that had occurred, but claimed they did not witness it.

Brittany Coffey, 20, gave a false name and was also charged with Impeding a police officer and driving while Intoxicated.

This investigation is continuing and state police are asking anyone with information involving this incident to call Trooper Michael Tietz at 773-9101.

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