Grand jury in Abelove case sends sealed envelope to judge

November 21, 2017 06:48 PM

TROY - There appears to be movement in the investigation of Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

A grand jury has been looking at how the district attorney handled a police-involved shooting in Troy.

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This case first made headlines more than 21 months ago. Now, it appears to be approaching the finish line.

NewsChannel 13 has confirmed that a sealed envelope has arrived at the Rensselaer County Courthouse addressed to Judge Jonathan Nichols. He is the Columbia County Supreme Court Justice overseeing the state attorney general's grand jury investigation of the Edson Thevenin shooting. It's a case that involves a Troy police sergeant and Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove.

Legal experts tell NewsChannel 13's Dan Levy that inside the envelope is likely an indictment from the attorney general's investigation.

The attorney general has been looking into the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Edson Thevenin by a Troy police sergeant in March 2016.

Five days after the shooting, a county grand jury empaneled by Abelove cleared Troy Police Sgt. Randy French of any wrongdoing in the case. French says it was self-defense.

In September, Abelove's attorney, John Bailey, says his client did nothing wrong, and the investigation, he believes, is political.

"This presented an opportunity for the attorney general to, if you will, show his stuff to the downstate base who, frankly, is his political base," explained Bailey.

At this point, we don't know whose name is printed inside the sealed envelope. It could be one name, or many names. We will find that out when it's opened.

Trust NewsChannel 13 to keep you updated on this story on and our future newscasts.


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