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An Amsterdam man was indicted Friday for the stabbing deaths of two residents back in March. Megan Cruz has more.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. -- Police say they can't even remember the last time they had a double homicide in the city, but that they're confident they've solved this one.

A grand jury indicted Ivan Ramos, 30, Friday in connection with the murders of Cheryl Goss, 46, and William McDermott, 56. Police say Ramos stabbed the two to death six months ago.

"I was hoping he'd say something, not just smile in my face, like it didn't even bother him," said Hope Faboskay.

Faboskay is Goss' daughter. She went to Ramos' court appearance to hear the charges against him, along with members of the McDermott family.

"It was excitement of this is finally happening and we don't have to worry anymore who did this, but it was sad because it's opening up the initial day my father was murdered," said Sarah McDermott, McDermott's daughter

Police say Ramos had been a person of interest from the very beginning, since he knew the victims and was with them at the apartment the night of the murders. They say things took a turn for the worse when he tried to steal from them.

"Friends over, drug use going on amongst friends where someone that was prone to wanting to steal drugs and not pay for them and knowing that with drugs, there's usually money present, he just came to get both and he was going to take them one way or the other," said Detective John DiCaprio with the Amsterdam Police Department.

DiCaprio said they didn't have enough to hold him for the homicides then, but they were able to get him behind bars that same day for criminal possession of stolen property.

"We knew where he was, that he wasn't going to get away from us, so it gave us the luxury of letting the SP lab do their job, analyze the evidence and make our case that much stronger," DiCaprio said.

The evidence they needed? Ramos' DNA at the scene.

DiCaprio said, "And footprints. Luckily that particular day we had new snow, we had footprints leaving the house which matched our suspect’s shoes that we recovered from his house."

Ramos has been charged with two counts of murder in the first degree and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Family members of the victims say Ramos' arrest doesn't end their grief.

Faboskay said, "It's not going to bring back my mother."

But puts them on the path to healing.

"We can give my father peace, justice," McDermott said.

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