Three men have been indicted with a slew of felony charges for allegedly abducting and torturing a man for more than 12 hours at an Albany Street apartment in October.
Dwayne Henderson, 25, Danny Harrell, 19, and 18-year-old Dieago Harrell have been indicted on charges of attempted murder in the first degree, two counts of kidnapping in the first degree and first-degree gang assault, according to court documents.
Henderson and Danny Harrell were charged with three counts of first-degree assault, a felony. Henderson also faces two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a felony, for allegedly having cocaine and fentanyl. Dieago Harrell faces charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm, both felonies.
According to documents, the trio abducted a victim and held that person for more than 12 hours at an apartment at 1314 Albany St. on or about Oct. 25. The person, who was beaten and mauled by a pit bull, was taken to Albany Medical Center.
Police became aware of the incident after receiving a “disturbing video” from a downstate police agency. The video was shared via the social media platform Snapchat.
“The stated motive was retaliation for the theft of drugs, which the victim denies having done,” said District Attorney Robert Carney.
Carney said the victim was treated and released from Albany Medical Center and “has had a difficult time since then.”
“I have not heard anything recent about his current state of health,” he said.
Carney also said he did not know the status of the pit bull, other than it was removed and placed in the custody of a shelter.
The three men have not been arraigned on the indictment charges yet, Carney said.
The attorneys in the case now begin making motions and discovery requests in possible anticipation of a trial.
Danny Harrell’s attorney, Mark Juda, declined to comment on Friday.
“I have not yet even seen the indictment,” he said. “All I know at this point is that the district attorney has certified that he has been indicted.”
He said he is also waiting to see the discovery material.
Dieago Harrell’s attorney, Michael Horan, could not be reached for comment. Henderson’s attorney could not be reached for comment.
Even if the case proceeds to trial, it likely won’t appear before a judge until at least a year from now, Carney said.
“The trial calendar is getting longer,” he said.
That is in part because of COVID. He said the courts have put COVID policies in place, which limits the number of people who can be in a courtroom in order to allow for social distancing. It also limits what courtrooms can be used due to size.
On top of that, Carney said if the case proceeds to trial with all three men as co-defendants while COVID is still happening, then the trial cannot be held in the Schenectady County Court offices because of COVID restrictions currently in place.
Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or [email protected]