GLOVERSVILLE – The 19-year-old charged with conspiracy in the stabbing death a 15-year-old is accused of committing handed over the knife then used in the killing, according to police allegations filed in court.
Ja’Quah A. McCall, 19, of Albany, was charged Thursday by Gloversville Police with one count of first-degree conspiracy, a felony that carries a potential sentence upon conviction akin to a murder conviction.
The conspiracy charge against McCall followed the arrest earlier last week of a 15-year-old, who is accused directly in the death.
A police release issued Thursday evening on McCall did not describe the accusations against McCall further, only that he is accused of conspiring with someone under the age of 16 related to the April 24 stabbing death of 59-year-old William J. Guzek, of Gloversville, at Guzek’s 37 E. 10th Ave. residence.
Investigators arrested the 15-year-old April 27 and charged the Gloversville resident as a juvenile with second-degree murder in Guzek’s death, police have said. Police did not identify the 15-year-old due to his age.
However, the felony complaint filed by police against McCall, and obtained Monday, alleges McCall “did conspire with someone less than sixteen years old, [redacted] to commit a Class A felony, Murder in the Second Degree.”
McCall is accused of doing so “by handing the knife used to kill the victim, William J. Guzek, to [redacted] just prior to the performance of that conduct,” the McCall charging document reads.
The investigation into Guzek’s death remained active, police said upon McCall’s arrest Thursday, but there is not believed to be any ongoing threat to the public, police said.
The first-degree conspiracy count requires someone over the age of 18 to conspire with someone under the age of 16 to commit a top-level felony, like murder.
Gloversville Police Department continues to be assisted by the state police, Albany Police Department and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gloversville police at 518-773-4513.