Updated 03/13/2013 07:33 PM
Eric Green charged with attempted murder
Eric Green has been arraigned on charges brought on by a grand jury. Police say the 18-year-old homeless man stabbed a State Trooper earlier this month. Megan Cruz was in court and has the story.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- "Hopefully this is a person who will not see the light of day," said Albany County District Attorney David Soares, referring to Eric Green.
The 18-year-old is accused of stabbing State Trooper Rodney Smith on March 3rd. Green had been arrested last week, arraigned on aggravated assault of a police officer and robbery. But on Wednesday, he was arraigned again.
"We believe that at the time of the attack, the defendant acted with the intent to cause his death," said Soares.
A grand jury agreed. That's why this second arraignment was to tack on attempted murder in the first degree and first degree assault.
Cameras weren't allowed in court for this appearance, but at Green's first arraignment last week, a YNN reporter asked him if he felt bad about what he did. Green said, "I didn't do anything. I had no part of this. My name isn't even Eric."
At Wednesday's arraignment, though, he did identify himself as Eric Green. He pled not guilty to all the charges against him.
"We're very confident in the evidence that was gathered here, we're confident in the work, we're ready to proceed to trial," said Soares.
A number of troopers came to court Wednesday to show their support for their colleague. Soares says Trooper Smith is recovering and in good spirits.
"You know, he's a, if you sat and talked to the man, you wouldn't know that he just experienced one of the most traumatic things that any human being can," he said.
Green has been sent back to jail for now, but his attorney did mention applying for bail. He's currently in the process of a mental health evaluation.
Green's next court appearance is March 27th.