A Guilderland man has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Charee Akins-Maddox, 33. Akins-Maddox was found shot to death early Thursday morning. Innae Park has the latest.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "She said, 'My mommy, my mother is dead.' She said, 'I think she's dead, she's not moving,'" said Wendy Barnett, a friend of the victim.
That's what Charee Akins-Maddox's daughter said on the phone early Thursday morning. That's according to Wendy Barnett, who calls herself the murder victim's aunt.
The fatal shooting happened inside 156 Lark Street just after 12:30 a.m. Police say all four of her children were inside at the time.
"We're still awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact cause. We do have somebody in custody," said Chief Stephen Krokoff.
That someone is Damien Zervos, a 32-year-old Guilderland man. Police say he shot Akins-Maddox in the head with a rifle. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of second degree murder Thursday afternoon.
Krokoff said, "It's a horrific situation. My condolences go out to the family."
Police say the two had a domestic relationship, but will not specify the details. But nearby residents are unfazed.
"I'm 34-years-old. It doesn't shock me no more when they shoot somebody," Issa Taylor said.
Christian Gabriels said, "'It didn't take long for someone to get killed a couple houses down from where I live. It's a little scary, but kind of what I expected around here. "
"Every homicide is a heartbreak and we're really striving to keep those numbers down," Krokoff said.
Zervos was remanded to the Albany County Jail without bail. A preliminary hearing is set for next Wednesday, November 6th.