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Brewster man in court on stabbing charges
RENSSELAER -- A sealed indictment became public Monday morning. Xavier Parker, 18, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.
Parker is accused of fatally stabbing Donald Gooding, 32, at 339 3rd Street in Troy in March. The Rensselaer DA's office and detectives continued to investigate the case, and after months of searching, they found Parker in Brewster, NY.
It took Troy police 5 months to track down Parker and place him into custody.
Assistant District Attorney, Carmelo Laquidara would not tell CBS6 the steps that were taken in order to find Parker, but he says it's cases like this that represent the city's efforts when it comes to closing open cases, and bringing people to justice.
"We are working these unsolved cases and now this is a solved case," says Laquidara. "We are working these cases diligently, we never give up, and we want to ensure the public that the Troy Police Department and our office is working in conjunction with one another to bring people to justice for committing these heinous acts."
Laquidara believes Parker and Gooding were acquaintances.
Parker is facing manslaughter charges in the first and second degree. He will remain in jail without bail, but he can request an application to make bail.
If convicted, Parker could spend 25 years in state prison.