Schenectady man arraigned in shooting death of teenage mother in Schenectady

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Schenectady man arrested in connection with Thursday night’s shooting death of a teenage mom was arraigned on a number of charges Sunday morning.

19-year-old ReaQwan Stover was read the charges against him and remanded without bail to the county jail. Stover did not enter a plea, as there was no DA not present and Stover did not have a defense attorney.

Stover is expected to be assigned a public defender and appear in court again on Monday.

 Stover was arrested after he turned himself in early Saturday evening.

Lieutenant Mark McCracken says Stover was their primary person of interest in the death of Medina Knowles.

“We are confident that the individual we have arrested is the one who’s responsible for her death,” Schenectady Police Department’s Lt. McCracken said.

That individual is Stover of Schenectady.

Lt. McCracken says Stover had recently started dating Medina Knowles, a 17-year-old mom who was shot dead Thursday night.

Stover is charged with one count of murder in the second degree, one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and one count of tampering with evidence.

“He’s being charged with the tampering with the evidence for the removal and disposal of the murder weapon,” McCraken said.

Now, a couple of days after Knowles’ death, a memorial remains outside her home.

All the while, a motive is still unclear.

“There are aspects of the investigation that are still ongoing but in terms of arresting the individual who’s responsible for her death, that section of it is closed,” McCracken said.

Stover’s grandmother says that her grandson really liked Knowles, and that he would never do anything like this.

She says that she feels for Knowles’ family.



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