TROY undefined A gang called the "Young Gunnerz" hung out at the Corliss Park apartment where Takim Smith was robbed and stabbed to death on Feb. 4, according to police statements.
While Smith's family looked on Thursday, the last of six defendants charged with the 21-year-old father's robbery and murder was arraigned and pleaded not guilty in Rensselaer County Court. Eric Aaron Mallard, 19, accompanied by his lawyer, Sanford Finkel, appeared before state Supreme Court Justice Patrick McGrath, who sent him to the county jail without bail. Mallard was indicted last week on charges of second-degree murder, first- and second-degree robbery, conspiracy and criminal possession of a weapon.
The group allegedly used two young women to lure Smith to Corliss Park apartment 1906 around 6 p.m. that day on the pretext of having sex and then attacked him, thinking he had money and other valuables because of a recent lawsuit settlement. But all Smith had was a cellphone, some jewelry and less than $40.
In a police statement on file with the court, a next-door neighbor told police that he did not see anything unusual outside that day but added "a lot of Young Gunnerz gang members go in and out of and frequent the apartment."
Keyanna Bradley, 18, and Mariyah Zeigler, 16, originally were charged with conspiracy for their part in allegedly working to distract Smith but a grand jury last week upped their charges to match those faced by Mallard and three other men. The two women were living at Zeigler's mother's apartment, where the stabbing took place.
All six charged in the case are in county jail without bail.
"I'm just happy those girls were charged with murder in this case," said Smith's mother, Roshana McArthur, who wore a denim jacket with a "King Takim" patch on the back showing a collage of pictures of her son's life. "Now I know justice will be done."
Bradley, along with Ravenal Gregory Dunbar and Keith Ferguson, both 17, were arraigned Wednesday. Zeigler and Davonte Alexander McGill, 18, were arraigned last week.
District Attorney Richard McNally said one of the men is suspected of stabbing Smith, a father of three with a child on the way.
According to a statement from the first officers on the scene, they entered the apartment and saw an upset, naked woman standing at the top of the stairs yelling that Smith was on the bathroom floor.
"There was a second female on the floor of the bathroom holding a towel over the right upper chest of a black male victim," the officer wrote.
The officer said he asked one of the women what had happened and she said: "We were (expletive) and they broke in through the window or something."
The officer said Smith was on the floor in a large pool of dark red blood and was unresponsive.
"The east bedroom had a substantial amount of blood on the bed, wall and floor and there was a blood trail from the bedroom to the bathroom," the officer wrote in the statement.
Bradley told police in a statement on file with the court that Keith Ferguson, whom she called "Krazy K," asked her to get on Facebook and lure Smith to the apartment and distract him so he and others could rob him.
Smith, who was called "Tubu" by his family, was a graduate of Lansingburgh High School, where he knew many of the people involved in the crime, and was attending Bryant & Stratton College while he worked at the Central Avenue Hess gas station in Albany.
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