Gloversville woman pleads innocent to attempted murder of cab driver

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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The Gloversville woman accused of trying to kill a taxi driver in February pleaded innocent this morning to an attempted murder indictment.

Desere D. Shaw, 18, appeared this morning with her attorney Sven Paul for arraignment on a new indictment accusing her of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. She also faces a fourth-degree grand larceny count.

Shaw pleaded not guilty. Schenectady County Court Judge Karen Drago ordered she continue to be held without bail, pending a written bail application.

She is accused of stabbing cab driver Derek Leach Feb. 7 in the area of Eastern Avenue and Nott Terrace.

Leach, a driver for Glove City Transportation in Gloversville, picked up Shaw at the Johnstown Price Chopper that night and then dropped her off on Nott Terrace, near the Schaffer Heights Apartments in Schenectady, authorities have said.

The injured Leach then sought help at the Schenectady County Public Library, police said. Police followed a trail of blood back to Eastern and Nott, leading them to believe that was where Leach was stabbed.

When Leach arrived at the library, staff called 911 and he was eventually taken to Albany Medical Center by a MedFlight. His wounds were serious, but not life threatening.

His taxi was found after the stabbing with its engine running at the corner of Windsor Terrace and Prospect Street.

She was arrested by the Schenectady Police Department's Detective Division, which had assistance from the Gloversville Police.

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April 3, 2013
12:07 p.m.
safny says...

You cannot plead innocent in an American court - guilty or not guilty. Those are the choices. But the Gazette continually adds that third choice that they made up.

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