Stabbing suspect arraigned after trip to hospital

Posted at: 11/28/2012 12:16 PM
Updated at: 11/28/2012 5:25 PM
By: WNYT Staff

ALBANY - A murder arraignment was abruptly postponed after the suspect was taken to the hospital.

Michael Anderson was supposed to be arraigned first thing Wednesday morning. Police say his court appearance was delayed after he became agitated in his cell and hit his head. 

Anderson was wrapped in bandages, on his head and arm, at the arraignment. 

The courtroom was packed with relatives, anxiously waiting for the proceeding where Anderson eventually pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges.

Anderson is accused of stabbing three women Monday at a home on Myrtle Avenue in Albany, including his ex-girlfriend. One woman died in the attack.

There was a great deal of anger among those family members in court, including a man who said he was the father of Tonette Thomas -- the 20-year-old who had just been graduated from Albany High School -- who was found dead in an alleyway near the crime scene.


The father said it was a good thing police arrested the Anderson, saying he'd have killed the suspect if he caught him.

The two survivors are still in tough shape at Albany Medical Center.

Twenty-six-year-old Shaquasia Thomas, Anderson’s former girlfriend, is not yet conscious.

Forty-three-year-old Gwynn Carter, the aunt, has been conscious. It has been Carter who supplied police information about what happened and who did it.

Carter was arrested Tuesday night when police spotted him on a fire escape on Lark Drive.