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Jury Finds Buffalo Man Not Guilty in 2014 Shooting that Killed Man, Wounded Two Women

May 16, 2016

A State Supreme Court jury deliberated barely over an hour Monday before finding a Buffalo man not
guilty in a 2014 shooting that claimed the life of one man and wounded two women. 


Lydell Jones Jr., 30, of High Street, had been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Victor
Hernandez, 30, and with two counts of attempted murder in the wounding of two women in the gunfire. 

Buffalo Man Acquitted in Elmwood Avenue Robbery

October 31, 2014

A Buffalo man accused of robbing a man last year outside a bank in the Elmwood Village was acquitted
wednesday by an Erie county court jury that deliberated for more than eight hours over two days.


James Thomas, 45, was found not guilty of first-degree robbery in the June 13, 2013 holdup outside the
former First Niagara Bank at Elmwood and potomac avenues.

Interview with Paul Dell, Jean Sanchez's Defense Attorney

Summer 2014

Sanchez's case has been sent to a grand jury, which will decide if he should be charged with second degree murder in the death of Ameer Al Shammari.

 

Jury Acquits Defendant in New Year's Day Shooting

August 29, 2013

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was acquitted this week on several charges, including attempted murder,
stemming from a New year's Day shooting on Bailey Avenue.


After a weeklong trial before Erie county Judge sheila A. Ditillio, a jury found Kevin "Booker" Miller
not guilty of attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

Feds Quit Case Against Chosen Few

December 4, 2011

The U.S. Attorney's office on Saturday dropped the indictment against the Chosen Few motorcycle gang,
after the government's racketeering case against the Depew-based biker club had started to unravel.


Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny granted the government's application to dismiss the
indictment "in light of information that recently came to light," said U.S. Attomey William J. Hochul Jr.

Convicted Drug Dealer Aquitted in Robbery

February 1, 2011

A convicted Buffalo drug dealer was acquitted Monday on charges he robbed a common law relative who
was shot nearly 14 months ago.


Larry Willis, 24, smiled as the jury announced its verdict in the couftroom of Erie County Judge sheila A.
DiTullio following 45 minutes of deliberations. Willis, who did not testify, shook the hand of his lawver.
Paul Gordon Dell, and thanked the veteran trial attorney for his help.

Man Dodges Life Term with Acquittal Ruling

October 20, 2010

Darrin Shivers, who faced a mandatory life term, was acquitted Tuesday of stealing a laptop,Ipod and
jewelry from his older sister's Lasalle Avenue home months after she kicked him out last year.


After a two-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, a jury found Shivers, 4o,
not guilty of felony burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny. Defense attorney Paul Gordon Dell had
told the jury the dispute between Shivers and his sister was "like something off of the Jerry Springer
Show" and that she didn't file a complaint about the alleged May 6, 2oo9, thefts until May 21, a day after
she called 911 six times to complain about her brother, whom she often argued with.

Man Find for Speeding, Cleared of Gun Charge

July 19, 2010

A former Buffalo bar handyman was fined $8o for speeding, but State Supreme Court Justice
Christopher J. Burns found him not guilty of a felony weapons charge for having a loaded revolver in the
car he was driving last fall.

Jury Exonerates Man in Chippewa St. Knifing

October 27, 2007

A Kenmore man was found not guilty Friday of stabbing a Chippewa Street bar patron during a street
fight over rap music last Dec. 3o.


The verdict came after a five-day jury trial before Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman. The jury
deliberated about 35 minutes before finding Michael lbbett, 22, of Coventry Road, not guilty of first-degree
assault and weapons possession charges that could have landed him behind bars for up to 25
years.

Verdict Acquits Man of Shooting Informant

August 19, 2005

Marcus J. Andrews was cleared Thursday of trying to kill a police informant in a case his lawver said
shows the dark side of using drug criminals to fight crime.


The weeklong trial before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia ended with a jury finding
Andrews, 3o, of Kosciuszko Street, not guilty of second-degree attempted murder, assault and weapons
charges in the shooting of Andre Brown.

Man Found Not Guilty in West Side Shooting

March 19, 2005

An Oakmont Place man serving a prison term on a weapons conviction was found not guilty Friday of the shooting of another man near Grover Cleveland High School last April 14.


Shaun "Rodshaun', Black, 20, who did not testify or present any alibi witnesses, was found not guilty by a jury in the shooting of Shantel Evans, 23, during a robbery attempt at York and 14th streets about 3 p.m. April r4.

Man Gets 15 Days in Jail for Traffic Offenses

March 12, 2005

Dion Garrett, arrested last year while driving a stolen rental car containing more than 700 milligrams of
crack cocaine, Friday was ordered to spend 15 days in jail and pay a $200 fine for driving through a red
light without a license.


A jury last month acquitted Garrett of felony drug and stolen car charges after he testified that he didn't
know his fugitive cousin had stolen the vehicle from a Rochester dealership. The jury convicted him only
of the traffic offenses.

Not Guilty Verdict in Stolen Car Case

February 25, 2005

Dion Garrett, a much-arrested Buffalo man, Thursday was found not guilty of felony drug and stolen car
charges that would have sent him back to prison for life.


After three hours of deliberations at the end of a three-day trial at which Garrett, 26, of Camp Street,
insisted he didn't know that the rental car his cousin loaned him last Feb. 27 was stolen, the jury found
him not guilty.

Cabbie's Uncertainty Frees Shooting Suspect

August 11, 2004

An East Utica Street man was freed Tuesday after a cab driver he was accused of shooting testified that
he was "not absolutely" sure he was the culprit.


Lawrence W. Bradberry, 24, shook hands with his tawyer, Paul Gordon Dell, as he was released before
Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman less than an hour after prosecutors asked the judge to dismiss the
charges of felony reckless endangerment and weapon possesslon.

Woman Found Not Guilty in Bar Brawl

February 22, 2004

Tameka N. Hicks, a Buffalo home health care worker, was found not guilty Thursday of felony assault
and weapons charges in the slashing of a woman during a fight between two groups of women in a
Genesee Street bar June 9.


Following over five hours of deliberations after a three-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice
Ronald H. Tills, the jury acquitted Hicks, 23, of Parsons Street.

Jury Finds Man Not Guilty of Two Knifepoint Robberies

June 3, 2003

A Horton Place man was found innocent Monday of two knifepoint robberies in Buffalo last July 9 and
17.


The State Supreme Court jury, however, found Sheldon L. Redd guilty of public urination.


The verdict came at the end of one-week trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Buffalo Teen is Aquitted of Drug-Trafficking Charges

August 10, 2001

William Graham, 18, of Birch Street was acquitted Thursday of cocaine-traffrcking charges linked to a
single sale that could have sent him to prison for the next 25 years.


After a three-day trial before State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills, a jury deliberated about an
hour before finding Graham innocent of both felony criminal sale and possession charges.
 

Two Acquitted of Attempted Murder

April 10, 2001

DeMario Borer and Andre M. Vernon were acquitted Monday of trying kill Willie Roseboro, a drug dealer, on March 25, 2000.


However, both men face prison for intimidating a witness, breaking beer bottles over his face June 15.

Wecker Street Man Wins Acquittal in Slashing Case

February 23, 2001

A Wecker Street man was acquitted Thursday of charges in the slashing of two distant relatives during a birthday party three years ago.


Michael Cole, 22, who has been jailed since August, hugged his attorney, Paul Gordon Dell, as he was acquitted of assault and weapons charges in the 1998 razor blade attack on Shantae Favors, 23, and her
cousin Walter Staples, 18.

Oakmont Avenue Man Aquitted In Robbery Case

April 16, 2000

Charles W. Coleman describes himself as a gambler.

 

His winning streak continued last week.


Coleman, 24, who previously was acquitted of murder charges and also survived a shooting, was found innocent of armed robbery charges that could have sent him to prison for 25 years.

Jury Acquits Buffalo Man of Slaying, Shooting Following Melee at Party

September 25, 1999

A Buffalo man has been found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of one man and the shooting of a second man during a raucous party.


Assistant District Attorney Joseph Mordino said the jury returned the verdict at about 8:30 p.m. involving Craig Griggs, 21.

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