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Night of deadly party described in opening of murder trial

Fun turned tragic for promising basketball star

James Wells, defendant in the murder of Schenectady resident Eddie Stanley, speaks with his attorney Cheryl Coleman, before opening statements in his trial at the Schenectady County Courthouse on Thursday morning.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
James Wells, defendant in the murder of Schenectady resident Eddie Stanley, speaks with his attorney Cheryl Coleman, before opening statements in his trial at the Schenectady County Courthouse on Thursday morning.
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Eddie Stanley went to a party that night on Bridge Street, fresh from a basketball tournament in New York City. But what that party became, a prosecutor said Thursday, was an angry search for a set of car keys by the armed bouncers from Brooklyn. When that search for the bouncers’ keys turned to illegal searches of partygoers, the scene turned horrifying, prosecutor Philip Mueller told the Schenectady County Court jury. “[Stanley] was with his ...


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wmarincic
February 8, 2013
8:07 a.m.

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How many NYC thugs set up shop in Schenectady? Too many, it's a hard life to you live and you get what you give. Hopefully if found guilty they can give him more than the standard 20 to life.

safny
February 8, 2013
9:05 a.m.

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I find it interesting that they keep referring to the searches as illegal. You're at a party smoking marijuana (illegal) and selling liquor (illegally) and there are "security" from Brooklyn with guns (illegal). They're selling drugs (illegal). It was the second party in a row - I'm sure there was something illegal about that as well. So these dangerous thugs want to search you and suddenly - you have the right to remain unsearched? I think it's unfortunate that many young people have no common sense, but in that situation, you are at the mercy of the people you chose to associate with.

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