Albany man arrested for Amsterdam murder

June 26, 2019 04:31 PM

AMSTERDAM - It took one week for Amsterdam Police to solve the murder that occurred last Wednesday night. Police say the key break in the case was provided by the man they have in custody.

What Nicholas Smith might not have realized was that the man he allegedly went to kill last Wednesday night at a home on Lefferts Street in Amsterdam, Michael Cable, had set up a video surveillance system.

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When police looked at it and saw Smith, detectives had themselves a prime suspect.

It's not clear if Smith ever hung out with Cable. Police confirm the men knew each other, and that Smith used to live in Amsterdam.

In addition to evidence found at the murder scene - where police say Cable was shot inside his house, staggered outside, and died on the sidewalk, detectives say they collected further evidence at an abandoned home on Eagle Street behind the murder scene.

The investigation led police to an apartment at 121 Clinton Street in Albany's South End, where Albany detectives say they picked up Smith on Wednesday afternoon without incident.

Smith is being held without bail at the Montgomery County Jail. The motive remains under investigation.

Hear more about how police were able to track down Smith by watching the video of Dan Levy's story.


WNYT Staff

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