Utica Police say the man whose body was found on a balcony at the Olbiston Apartments on Genesee Street was the victim of a homicide.

Chief Mark Williams says 49-year old John Calenda had been in an altercation with 38-year old Eric Smith in the rear parking lot area of the building.  Williams says Calenda was hit in the head with a board by Smith.

He say Calenda died "hours" later from his injuries.  An autopsy showed Calenda died of blunt force trauma.

Smith was arrested and charged with manslaughter.

Police say Calenda and Smith were acquaintances. They say Smith was originally from Florida, but had been living in Utica for about a year.

Williams says the investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX
Jim Rondenelli, WIBX

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