Schenectady police make third arrest in March double murder

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Schenectady police have made another arrest in connection with a March double murder in the city.

Police say the actions of 16-year old Michael Capers resulted in the shooting deaths of 21-year old Virgil Terry and 17-year old Alphanzo Pittman.

Capers has been charged with 2 counts of second degree attempted murder and 1 count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree.

Capers' is the third arrest in the case. 17-year old Jalil Miles and Virgil Terry's own brother, 19-year old Dashaun Terry, were previously arrested in connection with the shootings. Miles was also Virgil Terry's cousin.

According to previous reports, Miles is believed to have fatally shot his cousin and Dashaun Terry was said to have killed Pittman.

The shootings occurred shortly after 9 p.m. on March 26, following an argument on the 300 block of Hulett Street in Schenectady.

Dashaun Terry has been charged with second degree murder in the case, as well as charges of criminal possession of a weapon that stemmed from a police interview.

Before his arrest, police went to Schenectady County Community College to interview Dashaun Terry about the shooting. Terry had left a backpack inside a classroom when he was taken to the police station, and when police went back to get it, they say the found a handgun inside with the serial number scratched off.

Miles was arrested back in May after being released from the Broome County Jail on unrelated weapons charges. Like Dashaun Terry, he has also been charged with second degree murder.

The victims and suspects arrested all hailed from Schenectady.

Capers' arrest was made in conjunction with the New York State Police Major Crimes Unit and the U.S. Marshall New York/New Jersey Fugitive Task Force.

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