A Rensselaer County judge has appointed Albany County District Attorney David Soares as special prosecutor in the criminal case against former Troy police union president Aaron Collington, after two other prosecutors recused themselves from the matter.
Collington “is accused of stealing $6,200 from the union’s banking account to pay his rent,” the Times Union reported in October. He has pleaded not guilty.
In mid-January, Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove told Judge Debra Young that Collington “has become a witness in the investigation and prosecution of the quadruple homicide that resulted in the indictment of James White and Justin Mann” earlier that month. Collington’s attorney, Joseph Ahearn, represents Mann in that case—an additional source of conflict, Abelove said.
In response to Abelove’s request, the judge appointed Matthew P. Foley as special prosecutor in the Collington case. Within days, however, Foley “applied to be relieved” from the assignment “due to an unforeseen conflict,” prompting Young to name Soares as the new special prosecutor on Jan. 22.
Foley, who did not immediately return a phone call, currently serves as deputy corporation counsel with the city of Troy, which may explain the recusal.
Collington remains employed as a detective with the city police department and is “actively working,” Captain Dan DeWolf, a police spokesman, told The Alt.
A spokesperson for Soares’ office said the case is “open and pending at this time,” with no new appearance dates scheduled.
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