Updated 01/13/2012 01:42 PM
Suspect in Schenectady teen's murder pleads not guilty
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The man accused of fatally shooting a Schenectady High School basketball player over the summer was arraigned Friday.
James Wells pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of 15-year-old Eddie Stanley on June 12.
Police said Wells shot Stanley five times at a house party in the Mont Pleasant neighborhood of Schenectady. His indictment indicates that Wells accused Stanley and a few of his friends of stealing keys shortly before the early-morning shooting.
"We are going to file motions designed to flush out the defense of the case. As I said Mr. Wells maintains his innocence and is looking forward to having a trial to air these things out and to force the people to prove him guilty, which they won't be able to do," said Fredrick Rench, Wells’ attorney.
"Allow the defense to conduct a discovery where we have to turn over some portions of out file and police reports, for the defense to make motions, and then move on to a trial," said Assistant District Attorney Philip Mueller.
Wells, who was brought by authorities to Schenectady upon his arrest in July, faces other charges, including weapons possession, reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child.