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Three Indicted in Relation to June Homicide Case

Albany County District Attorney David Soares



Press Release

November 17, 2020



 Three Indicted in Relation to


June Homicide Case



ALBANY, NY -  District Attorney P. David Soares announced today that AMIER GRANT, age 30, ERICKA GIPSON, age 32, and KIYAH TAYLOR, age 30, all from Albany, were arraigned before the Honorable William A. Carter in Albany County Court today for their respective roles in the homicide of a 40-year-old Albany man in June 2020.

The indictment that was unsealed in Court today alleges that on or about June 30, 2020, AMIER GRANT intentionally caused the death of Schelra Smoot while in a residence on Sherman Street in the City of Albany by means of assaulting him with a metal baton and knife. GRANT was indicted and arraigned on (1) Count of Manslaughter in the First Degree, a Class B Felony, (2) Counts of Assault in the Second Degree, each Class D Felonies, and (2) Counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, each Class D Felonies. GRANT pleaded not guilty and was remanded in to custody without bail.

The indictment also alleges that ERICKA GIPSON allegedly committed (1) Count of Hindering Prosecution in the Second Degree, a Class E Felony, for allegedly rendering criminal assistance to GRANT after the incident.

TAYLOR was arraigned for (2) Counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, each Class A Misdemeanors, for allegedly bringing GRANT and GIPSON to the residence on Sherman Street with the purpose of assaulting the victim, while in the presence of two children in the home.

Both GIPSON and TAYLOR pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on their own recognizance by the Court.

No formal return appearances have been scheduled by the Court at this time.

Executive Assistant District Attorney Jennifer McCanney and Assistant District Attorney Caroline Murray are handling the prosecution of this case.

For more information, please contact Cecilia Walsh at (518) 275-4710 or [email protected]