Posted at: 02/13/2013 7:02 PM
Updated at: 02/14/2013 10:11 AM
By: Kumi Tucker
TROY - Community members in Troy voiced concern that police could have missed a possible murder weapon at the scene of a fatal stabbing.
Sources tell NewsChannel 13 that the mother of one of the women arrested in the case found a knife at the scene one week after the murder.
Police have not made any comment on this. Two sources with knowledge of the investigation told NewsChannel 13 the knife was found under a mattress. A third person said it was a bloody blade.
There are questions about how something like this could happen when police spent days processing the scene.
Police say 21-year-old Takim Smith was stabbed to death last week at a Corliss Park apartment.
Six people have been arrested in the case -- four were charged with second-degree murder.
Several sources with knowledge of the investigation say the woman who lives at the apartment where the fatal stabbing took place found a knife under a mattress just this week, one week after the murder. They say the resident is the mother of a woman who is facing a conspiracy charge in the case.
"How could you miss such an important piece of evidence on a murder scene?" asked Pastor Willie Bacote of the Missing Link AME Zion Church.
Bacote has been in contact with Smith's mother. They took part in a peace march together in Troy last week.
"I do find that in our conversation piece that she was somewhat shocked as well to learn about the weapon being found by the mother of one of those who were accused," Bacote said.
Two suspects were arraigned the morning after the murder -- 16-year-old Ahziarh Carter and 17-year-old Keith Ferguson.
Ferguson's lawyer, Lee Kindlon, says this was a tragic situation with a young man whose life was taken away.
"And they have a community that's demanding answers," said Kindlon. "And what they have so often in a case like this is you have a rush. A rush to get answers, whether or not they're right answers or wrong answers. A rush. And I think that's what we see is they're missing very key pieces of the story, very key elements and giant pieces of evidence that have been overlooked."
Kindlon says Ferguson was caught up in that rush and that now he is sitting in jail for something he didn't do.
According to Rensselaer County District Attorney Rich McNally, Carter was released because there was not enough to hold him, but a grand jury has taken action on indictments for the other three men.
Police declined to comment on this story.