A Columbia County grand jury indicted a Harlem teen for murder in the shooting death of a friend and neighbor, according to court documents released today.
The grand jury charged Lacy Aaron Schmidt, 14, of murder, theft by taking and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime on Wednesday, according to the indictment.
Schmidt, of the 1400 block of Miles Road, is accused of fatally shooting his neighbor and friend Alana Calahan, also 14, inside her Miles Road home Jan. 31.
The Harlem Middle School eighth-grader was shot as she sat at a computer inside her family’s dining room. Police say she was dragged outside, where Schmidt initially claimed he saw an intruder on the property.
Schmidt changed his story many times during questioning. Finally, he told police he was fumbling with the 9-mm handgun, belonging to Alana’s father, when it went off.
Schmidt was arrested later that night.
Police found the gun in nearby woods. They also found the gun case and box of ammunition under a bathroom sink off Schmidt’s bedroom at his home, Investigator James Edmunds said at a Feb. 23 hearing, when a Columbia County magistrate judge deemed there was enough evidence against Schmidt to proceed with prosecution in Superior Court.
The gun’s owner manual was found in his dresser drawer and several items missing from the Calahan home, including a digital camera and MP3 player were found inside his bedroom.
Schmidt was a family friend of the Calahans.
Schmidt is being held in the Regional Youth Detention Center without bond while awaiting trial.