Woman pleads not guilty to murder charge

Amber C. Akins, 40

CATSKILL — A Saugerties woman pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder following the stabbing death of a Cairo woman.

Amber C. Akins, 40, of Saugerties, was arraigned Friday in Greene County Court before Judge Terry J. Wilhelm and pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, a class A-1 felony, Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione said in a statement released Friday afternoon.

Akins was arrested May 14 by state police in connection with the stabbing death of Crystal L. Borne, 39, of Cairo.

State police responded to the Lake Mills Apartments, 53 Lake Mills Road, Cairo, after receiving a report that a woman had been stabbed, Troop F Public Information Officer Trooper Steven Nevel said May 14.

Akins and Borne knew each other, Nevel said following the arrest.

Bail was set Friday at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond or $1.5 million with a partially secured bond at 10%, Stanzione said Friday.

“This crime amounts to a senseless, brutal and violent act which took the life of another individual,” Stanzione said.

Akins faces a maximum sentence of 15 years to life in prison if convicted.

The case has been rescheduled for a conference June 21, Stanzione said.

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