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Arrest is made in fatal stabbing of lawyer in his New York City office

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A dissatisfied client has been charged in the stabbing death of a lawyer found fatally stabbed in his New York City law office last week.

Nando Perez, 64, of New York City was charged with murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Queens district attorney in New York City.

Perez is accused of killing 65-year-old lawyer Charles Zolot, who was found dead in his office by a cleaning person.

The New York Post and the Associated Press have coverage.

The charges allege that Perez entered Zolot’s law offices Wednesday and attacked the lawyer in his second-floor conference room. Perez is accused of stabbing Zolot all over his body, leaving at least 20 stab sounds.

Zolot practiced family, bankruptcy and real estate law.

Lawyer Mark Drucker, who had an office in Zolot’s building, told CBS New York that legal assistants heard a loud argument around closing time Wednesday.

Drucker also spoke with WABC.

“As a lawyer, you’re always afraid of some clients that could get really upset with you, and we’re living in a very crazy time when people get very agitated very quickly,” he said.

Zolot is a graduate of Syracuse University’s law school. He was admitted to the bar in New York in 1982.

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