SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - A Brooklyn man has been indicted on second-degree murder charges for the shooting death of 15-year-old Schenectady basketball player Eddie Stanley.
31-year-old James Wells is accused of shooting Stanley, who was working as a DJ, multiple times during a party at 730 Bridge Street in Schenectady on June 12, 2011.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert
Carney says the indictment states that Wells and several other men were accusing people at the party of stealing car keys which they had misplaced.
The indictment states Wells threatened to strip search the party-goers, and when Stanley objected to his friend being ordered to strip search Wells pulled out a handgun and fired "multiple shots at close range within the crowded interior stairwell,
endangering the lives of young guests other than his intended target
Police arrived at the scene around 2:00 a.m. finding Stanley wounded. He was taken to Ellis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Wells was arrested by federal marshals in Brooklyn in July. He is charged with four counts of Weapons Possession, three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Imprisonment and tampering with evidence, in addition to second-degree murder.