SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - Closing arguments wrap up Monday in the murder trial of the man accused of killing standout Schenectady basketball player, Eddie Stanley.
31-year old James Wells of Brooklyn is accused of shooting and killing the 15-year-old back on June 12, 2011 during a house party at 730 Bridge Street in Schenectady that both Stanley and Wells were attending. Wells was arrested in Brooklyn one month later and faces second-degree murder among other charges.
An indictment against Wells stated that a disagreement sparked a shootout during the party during which Stanley was shot five times.
The indictment states Wells and several other men were accusing people at the party of stealing car keys which they had misplaced. 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
The trial in Schenectady County Court started February 7, 2013.