The man who allegedly shot three other men to death in a Delaware Avenue apartment had “started to get depressed about his life” after several hours of drinking and smoking marijuana, according to city police Chief James Tuffey.
At a news conference this morning, Tuffey provided details of the shooting deaths of Keynon Hankins, 16, Bobby Jones, 26, and Victor Anderson, 26, in a second-floor apartment at 190 Delaware Ave. The three bodies were discovered Wednesday morning.
Tuffey said Jovan Underdue, 31, of 27 Jennings Drive, was a good friend of Jones and that the two met up Tuesday afternoon and went to Jones’ apartment, where they drank and smoked marijuana together for several hours.
According to Underdue’s statement to police he “started to get depressed about his life.” Tuffey would not elaborate about how detectives determined this.
Underdue pulled a handgun and allegedly shot first Jones, then Anderson and finally Hankins — who was the brother of Jones’ girlfriend and was playing video games in the apartment — once in the head, said police.
Underdue left the apartment and went to his girlfriend’s apartment on State Street, where he hid the handgun and other items from the shooting, said police. He then returned to 27 Jennings Drive, discarded other items and was contacted by detectives. He voluntarily turned himself in to police Wednesday evening.
Tuffey said a key to break the case came when police recovered the weapon late Wednesday at the apartment on State Street. No specific address was given.
During the course of the night Underdue admitted to shooting all three men, according to Tuffey.
“This was not gang-related, it was not an intended rip off, nor was it a targeted invasion,’ said Tuffey.
The news conference followed Underdue’s arraignment in City Court this morning on three counts of first-degree murder and one count each of first-degree robbery and criminal use of a weapon. Underdue pleaded not guilty to all charges and was ordered held in the Albany County jail without bail.
The brief arraignment turned chaotic as officers led Underdue away. A woman repeatedly slammed the glass partition separating suspects from spectators in the court, others shouted threats, another quietly sobbed.
Several of Jones’ relatives said they took Underdue in when he needed help.
“We took this young man in when he didn’t have nowhere to go,” said Sherry Jones, who identified herself as Jones’ aunt. “We gave him food. We gave him a home.”
Underdue is due back in court on Feb. 5.
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