TROY, N.Y. - Three teens arrested in connection to the stabbing death of Takim Smith at the Corliss Park Apartments in Troy earlier this month faced murder charges at Rensselaer County Court on Wednesday.
One by one the Troy teens stood before the judge, handcuffed, and taken into custody.
18-year-old Keyanna Bradley, one of three teens now charged with second-degree murder, robbery, and conspiracy in connection with the stabbing death of Smith.
17-year-old Keith Ferguson stood solemn as he was ushered in to court, his hands and feet in cuffs. His attorney, Lee Kindlon, called this a devastating time for both the teen and his distraught family, saying his client has never been in trouble before.
Kindlon says plans to fight these charges aggressively and get Ferguson back to his high school classroom.
Finally, 17-year-old Ravenal Dunbar was also arraigned Wednesday. His lawyer, Robert Knightly, adamantly told reporters outside of court that his client is innocent. "He didn't stab any one, and it remains to be seen what if anything he did do."
Knightly goes on to say sloppy police work is to blame in this case and he plans to use this as a big part of his defense, alluding to confusion over whether or not the knife used in the stabbing was found at the scene.
"I have no idea how police can preserve a crime scene and not find what they say is a murder weapon," Knightly said.
All three pleaded not guilty and have been remanded to Rensselaer County Jail.
Police believe the attack that killed 21-year-old Takim Smith, of Troy, was planned in advance by the suspects, people who police believe he trusted.
Police believe the four teens charged with murder knew that Smith had just been awarded more than $60,000 in a medical settlement and, with intentions of robbing him, used the females to lure him to the apartment the night of Monday, Feb. 4th with a promise of sex as bait. Once Smith was there, police believe that is when the robbery turned into a fatal stabbing.