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Albany man convicted in murder of man in Amsterdam

Albany man convicted in murder of man in Amsterdam

Albany man convicted in murder of man in Amsterdam
The scene on Lefferts Street the day after. Inset: Nichols Xavier Smith
Photographer: Amsterdam Police Department (inset); Jason Subik/Gazette Reporter (Background)

FONDA - An Albany man was convicted Friday in the June murder of a man in Amsterdam, officials said.

Nicholas X. Smith, 20, was found guilty Friday afternoon by a Montgomery County Court jury of second-degree murder in the June 19 shooting death of Michael C. Cable, officials said.

The jury deliberated for two days before returning its guilty verdict for murder, as well as first-degree robbery and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Smith was arrested by Amsterdam police within days of Cable's murder, accused of gunning Cable down just before 10 p.m. June 19 at Cable's 17 Lefferts Street residence.

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.

Police credited surveillance equipment on Cable’s residence as being key to the identification of Smith and the quick arrest. Police arrested Smith June 25.

In addition to Albany, Smith was 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.

Smith is to be sentenced Jan. 24. He faces up to 25 years to life in prison on the murder conviction.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski prosecuted. Judge Kelly S. McKeighan presided.

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