DA: Murder indictment in New Year’s Day Rotterdam slaying; Schenectady man charged in fatal stabbing

Images from the scene Jan. 1
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Images from the scene Jan. 1

ROTTERDAM–A Schenectady man has been indicted on a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of 25-year-old man New Year’s Day on Curry Road in Rotterdam. 

Christopher Smith-Wadsworth, 31, of Schenectady, also faces the felony charges of first-degree manslaughter and possession of a dangerous instrument, according to a news release from the Schenectady County District Attorney’s office Friday. 

Police were called shortly after 1 a.m. on Jan. 1 to the area of Curry Road near Ferguson Street for a man who was being assaulted. The man was later identified as Sutlesh Girdharry, 24, of Schenectady. 

Girdharry was found dead in the front yard of a home in the 2100 block of Curry Road, police said. 

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Police said the man had wounds consistent with being stabbed.

The victim, along with some friends and family members, were celebrating the new year on Jan. 1 in front of the residence on Curry Road when an unidentified number of people, some of whom had been at the celebration, returned in two cars, prosecutors said.

A fight then broke out between some of the people at the part and some of the people who had shown up in the cars. Smith-Wadsworth is accused of stabbing Girdharry multiple times.

“I would like to thank the Grand Jury for its hard work and commitment to fulfilling their civic obligations as grand jurors in this case,” said District Attorney Robert Carney in the release. “They heard from 18 individuals over three long days of testimony. The investigation was commenced by personnel from the Rotterdam Police Department with assistance from the New York State Police Forensic Services Unit who processed the crime scene. I am particularly grateful to Rotterdam Detective Connor Lee who extended himself to render assistance to my office at every step of this investigation.”

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Judge Matthew Sypniewski unsealed the indictment Friday and arraigned Smith-Wadsworth. Smith-Wadsworth pleaded not guilty and was ordered held. He is represented by attorney Kevin Luibrand.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or by email at [email protected]gazette.net. 

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