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Grand jury indicts man in fatal Schenectady shooting

Grand jury indicts man in fatal Schenectady shooting

A Schenectady resident has been indicted for allegedly shooting a man to death in October.
Grand jury indicts man in fatal Schenectady shooting
In this file photo from Oct. 8, a memorial is set up for Charles Bowman, 43, of Schenectady, who was shot on Schenectady Street and later died at Ellis Hospital.
Photographer: Stacey Lauren-Kennedy

A Schenectady resident has been indicted for allegedly shooting a man to death in October.

Terell Bethea, 28, was arraigned before Schenectady County Court Judge Richard Giardino on Friday morning on charges including second-degree murder, two counts of criminal possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment, all felonies. He is accused of shooting 43-year-old Charles Bowman, also of Schenectady, multiple times Oct. 5 in the area of 425 Schenectady St.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m., just before children were going to be let off school buses in the area.

Bowman was treated at the scene by the Schenectady Fire Department and transported by Mohawk Ambulance to Ellis Hospital, where he later died.

Bethea’s attorney, Sven Paul, pleaded not guilty on behalf of his client. Prosecutor John Healy said he is ready for trial.

Healy said previously witnesses told authorities Bowman may have been trying to mediate a dispute. Bethea had reportedly been upset about a burglary that occurred about a block away from the scene of the shooting, though he was not a victim of that burglary, according to Healy. Authorities don’t believe Bowman was connected to the burglary. Police surveillance cameras caught portions of what transpired, according to Healy.

The stolen property charge pertains to the handgun used in the shooting, which had been reported stolen in Vermont in 2006.

If convicted on all counts, Bethea could face 54 years to life in prison. He has previously been convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Giardino remanded Bethea without bail Friday. Family members of the victim were in the courtroom but declined comment.

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