The case against Ovando S. Eghill, 32, of Assinnashmayak Road in Aquinnah, arrested in the June 14 stabbing death of Michael M. Trusty, 45, moved from District Court to Superior Court last week.
The office of Cape and Islands District Attorney Michael O’Keefe announced Friday that a Dukes County grand jury had indicted Mr. Eghill for second degree murder and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon. He was arraigned Friday in Dukes County Superior Court where he pled not guilty.
Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty set bail at $10,000 with GPS monitoring and other conditions.
Mr. Eghill, a Jamaican national with legal residency, claims he acted in self defense when Mr. Trusty, also a Jamaican national, attacked him with a machete following a confrontation at a home of a mutual friend on Spring Street.
Mr. Eghill and his wife had arrived at the house of a family friend, Stacy Costas, according to the police report. Ms. Costas was watching the couple’s two children. Ms. Eghill’s ex-husband, Mr. Trusty, was also there to pick up the child they shared.
It was just coincidence, but a volatile one, that both men arrived at the house at the same time. No words were exchanged in the house, but when both men left, an argument ensued.
Mr. Trusty retrieved a machete from inside the cab of his truck, according to police reports. Mr. Eghill was armed with a work knife.
Mr. Trusty, most recently of 54 Hopps Farm Road in West Tisbury, a painter by trade, died in Beth Israel Hospital in Boston on June 18.