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Police: Arrest made in Amsterdam homicide; Surveillance video key

Police: Arrest made in Amsterdam homicide; Surveillance video key

The suspect faces second-degree murder and other charges
Police: Arrest made in Amsterdam homicide; Surveillance video key
The scene on Lefferts Street the day after. Inset: Nichols Xavier Smith
Photographer: Jason Subik/Gazette Reporter; Inset: Amsterdam Police Department

AMSTERDAM -- An Albany man has been arrested in connection with the killing of Michael C. Cable last week in Amsterdam, police said.

Nichols Xavier Smith, 20, of 121 Clinton St., Apt. 3, Albany, was taken into custody Tuesday on one count of second-degree murder and other charges.

He is accused of shooting Cable to death just before 10 p.m. June 19 at Cable’s 17 Lefferts St. residence in Amsterdam.

Cable, 37, exited the residence to get help, but collapsed on the sidewalk, police said. Cable’s girlfriend discovered him about 30 minutes after the shooting and dialed 911, police said.

Police canvassed the area after the shooting and recovered evidence stashed in an abandoned house at 38 Eagle St., police said. The murder weapon has yet to be recovered.

Police credited surveillance equipment on Cable’s residence as being key to the identification of Smith and the quick arrest.

Police believe Cable and Smith knew each other, but aren’t yet sure to what extent.

The motive remains under investigation, police said.

In addition to Albany, Smith is also believed to have previously lived in Schenectady and Amsterdam, police said.

Amsterdam police also noted assistance they received from other agencies, including the state police, in helping bring the case to an arrest.

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