Updated 01/31/2013 03:29 PM
Jury selection begins for man accused of killing Schenectady teen
Jury selection begins today in the trial of the man accused of killing 15-year-old Schenectady High School basketball player, Eddie Stanley, back in June of 2011. Megan Cruz reports.
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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Jury selection begins in the trial for the man accused of killing a Schenectady teen. Police say James Wells shot and killed 15-year-old Eddie Stanley in June 2011.
Police were called to 730 Bridge Street for a call of shots fired, and they say they found Stanley there with five gunshot wounds. He was taken to Ellis Hospital, where he later died.
Wells was arrested a month later and indicted last January.
Court papers show a fight broke out between the victim and the suspect. Police say that fight escalated and Wells pulled out the gun and shot Stanley. Wells is charged with second degree murder, weapons possession, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.
"The jury is going to hear evidence that my guy made him part of a gang, that they're fairly notorious. The jury is going to hear evidence of prior gun possessions. The jury is going to hear evidence of drug dealing, it's going to be very tough. And yet we believe that the facts and the only issue that matters here which is whether or not it was he that committed the murder in that time and place," said Cheryl Coleman, defense attorney.
Jury selection is expected to go into next week. The trial itself is expected to take three to four weeks.