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Six charged with murder in Troy robbery, stabbing

Thursday, February 21, 2013
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— Six people have now been charged with murder in connection with the killing of an Albany man who was lured to an apartment, robbed and stabbed.

But one of the youngest people arrested in the case was released after the grand jury did not indict him. Instead, the grand jury named another man, forcing police to quickly find him after the indictment was handed up Thursday afternoon.

The grand jury indicted two women and four men, all of Troy, in the murder of 21-year-old Takim Smith. Three of the men were already in police custody, and the two women had been charged in connection to the robbery and released.

According to police, Keyanna Bradley, 18, and Mariyah Zeigler, 16, lured Smith to Bradley’s public housing apartment by promising him sex. They knew him because all three had attended Lansingburgh High School, police said.

Once Smith arrived, police said the women called the men, who stabbed Smith and robbed him.

District Attorney Richard McNally Jr. said everyone involved in the robbery was to blame for Smith’s murder.

The women were initially charged only with conspiring to arrange the robbery, but McNally said they could not claim innocence in the murder.

“If you’re involved in a crime, and in the course of that crime, someone got dead, even though you didn’t pull the trigger, you’re just as guilty,” he said.

Bradley was arraigned and sent to jail without bail after the murder indictment today.

Already arraigned were Keith Ferguson, 17; Eric Aaron Mallard, 19; and Ravenal Gregory Dunbar, 17.

The indictment also named Devonte McGill of Troy, who had not been arrested. By late afternoon, however, Troy police had found him and taken him into custody, McNally said.

Charges against 16-year-old Ahziarh Carter, who was not indicted, will be dropped, McNally added. The boy was released Thursday.

The warrant against McGill said he would be charged with the same counts as the others in the indictment. Because he had not been arrested when the indictment was handed up, the charges against him were not made public. The indictment against him will be opened today, when he is arraigned.

According to the indictment, the other five individuals were all charged with one count of felony murder, two counts of robbery and three counts of conspiracy, as well as one count of criminal possession of a weapon.

 
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