Anti-violence activist reindicted in Cohoes shooting
Anti-violence activist Dontie Mitchell has been reindicted in a fatal Cohoes shooting. The shooting happened Aug. 11 at 125 Main Street.
Mitchell was arraigned in Albany County Court at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on charges of attempted murder and criminal possession of a loaded firearm.
Mitchell’s original charge of second-degree murder was dropped. Judge Andra Ackerman said at the time she found the evidence was insufficient to prove that Mitchell and a co-defendant engaged in a common effort or acted together to cause Shierr Leggett’s death.
Video surveillance footage showed Mitchell and another person getting into an argument. Both men then drew their weapons and fired their guns. One of the bullets struck Leggett.
The Albany County District Attorney’s Office represented the case. They said at the time it planned to bring the case before a new grand jury.
A motive is unclear right now. Before being arrested for this shooting, Mitchell did an interview with NewsChannel 13 where he told us he was an anti-violence advocate. He claimed to help troubled teenagers get back on the right path.