Murder charge lodged in July Schenectady killing

Prosecutor describes murder as "depraved indifference"
Niam Dorvil
Niam Dorvil

SCHENECTADY — An Albany man has been indicted in connection with the July shooting death of Jonny Olds on Crane Street, a prosecutor said.

Niam Dorvil, 25, faces one count of second-degree murder in connection with the July 29 shooting on the 900 block of Crane Street.

Police had arrested Dorvil on charges that accused him of firing several shots during the incident, in which at least three separate guns were fired, but now he is accused of firing the shot that killed Olds.

The murder indictment comes after prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury, according to prosecutor Brian Gray.

Dorvil is accused of a type of murder by “depraved indifference,” Gray said. Essentially, he is accused of firing the weapon without caring who he hit.

“We don’t have any reason to believe that Olds was the target,” Gray said.

Dorvil is expected to be arraigned on the new indictment next week.

The indictment comes after police in recent days arrested a second man in connection with the shootout on Crane Street.

Shadell Fallen, 34, of Emmett Street, faces two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the incident.

He is accused of firing several shots into the air from a .45-caliber handgun, according to Gray. The investigation is ongoing, and further arrests are expected, he said.

Police believe at least 20 shots were fired, in all, during the shootout, which was sparked by a fist fight between a group of six people inside a bar, Gray said.

Investigators used surveillance video, witness statements and other techniques to sort out exactly what happened that morning.

The incident left 20-year-old father-to-be Jonny Olds dead from a single gunshot wound. Dorvil was also shot during the incident, and a third man suffered a stab wound.

Dorvil is believed to have fired a 9 mm handgun, Gray has said. Shell casings at the scene indicated .25- and.45-caliber bullets were also fired, he said.

Dorvil’s attorney, Brian Mercy, could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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