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Schenectady killer goes on trial for allegedly robbing ex-girlfriend

Schenectady killer goes on trial for allegedly robbing ex-girlfriend

Isaiah Curry assaulted his ex-girlfriend last September, stole her apartment key and then proceeded

Isaiah Curry assaulted his ex-girlfriend last September, stole her apartment key and then proceeded to ransack her apartment, a Schenectady County prosecutor told a jury Wednesday morning.

“He starts shoving her into the wall, punching her and kicking her,” prosecutor Brian Gray told the jury in opening statements at Curry’s trial. She suffered a swollen lip and cheek, as well as an injury to her ankle.

“He rips the key away from her and enters her apartment,” Gray said. “Once inside, he completely trashes the place.”

For that, Curry, 28, is standing trial on felony burglary and robbery charges.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, and possible additional time because he was on parole at the time for a murder.

Curry was one of three teens who went to prison for the November 2000 baseball bat killing of pizza delivery man Hassan Noorzai. Curry was 15 at the time and received the maximum sentence for someone his age, 10 years to life.

His co-defendants in the murder case, one of whom delivered the fatal blows with the bat, were both 16 at the time and are now serving sentences of 50 years to life.

In the current burglary and robbery case, Gray told the jury that Curry essentially admitted to the break-in on a recorded jailhouse phone call that the jury will hear. Curry also encouraged a woman to intimidate the victim into not talking, Gray said, and that same night a group of women tried to do just that.

Curry’s attorney, Wendy DeForge, told jurors the prosecution’s assertions in openings won’t prove accurate.

In her openings, she focused on the alleged target of the robbery, Curry’s ex-girlfriend, charging that she was upset with Curry as a result of their breakup. “I ask you to take that into consideration,” DeForge said.

Curry’s past murder conviction won’t be referenced at the trial unless he takes the stand. Even then, it would only be referred to as a felony, with no details given, Judge Felix Catena ruled Tuesday.

Criminal histories are generally off-limits during trials.

The case is being heard in Schenectady County Court. The trial is expected to be a quick one. Deliberations could begin as early as Friday, attorneys said.

In the 2000 murder case, the three teens lured Noorzai to Yates Village by ordering pizza, soda and bread sticks. The trio made off with $15 that they spent it on marijuana.

Noorzai was an immigrant from Afghanistan who had lived in the Capital Region for 18 years.

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