Testimony begins in Schenectady home invasion case

Testimony is getting under way this afternoon in Schenectady County Court in the trial of Charles E.
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Testimony is getting under way this afternoon in Schenectady County Court in the trial of Charles E. Little, who faces 26 charges following a home invasion that left one person dead last January in the city.

Little, of Troy, is charged with conspiracy, attempted robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and attempted murder.

Little’s alleged co-conspirator, Aaron Peavy of Albany, was killed when one of the residents returned fire with a rifle. Little was also hit, losing his left index finger and thumb.

Resident Ralph Schulenberg Jr. was not charged, with prosecutors saying he used the rifle, a legal weapon, to defend his home.

In opening arguments today, Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney Phil Mueller said Little and Peavy armed themselves with loaded weapons and traveled to Schenectady from Albany intending to comimit burglary and robbery. Defense attorney Michael Mansion said the defense case will include questioning the credibility of prosecution witnesses.

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