Anti-violence advocate appears in court for Cohoes homicide; pleads not guilty

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The Albany man who said he is an anti-violence advocate appeared in court Wednesday morning for his alleged involvement in a shooting that killed a man in Cohoes earlier this month.

Dontie Mitchell, 43, pleaded not guilty to all four charges against him – including murder.

Mitchell was wearing a yellow jumpsuit that said Albany County Correctional Facility on the back.

He was also wearing handcuffs around his wrists and ankles.

He was arrested in connection to a shooting that happened at the intersection of Main Street and Schuyler Street in Cohoes.

Shieer Leggett was shot twice and died shortly after being taken to the hospital, Cohoes Police said.

The motive is not known, but this homicide was the first one in three years in Cohoes.

NewsChannel 13 did interviews with Mitchell earlier this year, where he told us about starting an anti-violence group to keep kids out of trouble.

Mitchell is being charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, and reckless endangerment.

The maximum sentence for the murder charge is life in prison.

This is not the first time Mitchell has spent time in prison. He was previously convicted of criminal use of a firearm and attempted robbery. He spent 25 years in prison.

Hear what Mitchells lawyer has to say about that previous conviction and if he thinks it could hurt his clients case by watching the video of Tessa Bentulans story.