Posted at: 03/13/2013 11:58 AM
| Updated at: 03/13/2013 12:58 PM
By: Dan Bazile
ALBANY - A teenager accused of stabbing a state trooper at the empire state plaza was arraigned this morning on attempted murder charges.
18 year-old Eric Green pleaded not guilty in the five count indictment.
Albany County District Attorney David Soares says he's ready to go to trial in the case of 18 year-old Eric Green.
Green was arraigned last week in Colonie Town Court on robbery and assault charges.
But the Brooklyn teen faced a judge today in Albany County Court on more serious charges after he was indicted by a grand jury.
Green was arrested last week near Washington and Western Avenues in Albany, two days after police say he stabbed Trooper Rodney Smith in the neck. They say Smith was checking Green's ID when he allegedly went on the attack.
Many troopers came to the arraignment in support of their fellow officer. But they didn't want to be on camera. Smith meanwhile is out of the hospital and recovering from his injuries.
Green pleaded not guilty to all five charges in the indictment including attempted murder. Officials say they have no idea what he was doing in the area. They say he will most likely be subjected to a mental evaluation.