reputed member of the Crips street gang pleaded not guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the stabbing of a woman who was embroiled in an argument with his girlfriend that began at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. Perry Miller, 34, faces six additional charges in the Jan. 30 death of 43-year-old Tammi Washington. The charges are outlined in an indictment handed up to Schenectady County Judge Karen Drago. Earlier this month, Miller's ex-girlfriend, Sonya Hall, admitted having the hunting knife that Miller allegedly used to kill Washington. Hall, 44, pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to felony criminal possession of a weapon in exchange for her testimony against Miller. Her sworn statement remains sealed under court order. She is to be sentenced Oct. 9 to 1½ to 4½ years in prison. Washington and Hall, who knew each other, allegedly got into an argument over a man while they and Miller were eating breakfast at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. The argument reportedly continued outside, with Washington pursuing Hall and Miller. Washington allegedly threw a piece of metal pipe at the pair, which missed them. Miller told Hall to give him the knife she carried. He is accused of using that weapon to stab Washington twice. Part of the argument was captured on street surveillance cameras. Police found Washington bleeding profusely in the Bank of America parking lot on State Street. She died at Ellis Hospital Miller, who appeared with his attorney, Kent Gebert, was returned to the county jail without bail. He is scheduled to be back in court on Wednesday. Chief Assistant District Attorney Philip Mueller, who is handling the case, has said Miller is a member of the Crips. In 2009, Miller was convicted of stabbing a 19-year-old man on a city street. He served a year in jail.
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