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Ex-girlfriend charged with conspiracy in fatal stabbing

The former girlfriend of a man fatally stabbed by his half brother last year on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation has been charged with conspiring to kill him.

Jasmine J. Rios, 19, formerly of Robinson Street, Silver Creek, remains held without bail in the Erie County Holding Center on charges of second-degree conspiracy and first-degree hindering prosecution in the July 10, 2012, slaying of Jesse Seneca in a field off Brant Reservation Road.

The body of the 20-year-old victim was found four days later, after his family reported him missing.

Authorities accused Rios of conspiring with Seneca’s half brother, Cody R. Testerman, on July 9, 2012, to kill Seneca, hiding evidence of the slaying and lying to Erie County sheriff’s detectives about the fatal attack.

She was extradited last week from Arizona following her indictment by an Erie County grand jury.

She was arraigned Friday before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case.

Prosecutors said she moved to Arizona in late 2012 or early 2013. They declined to comment on a motive for the attack.

Testerman, 23, of Brant Reservation Road, Brant, was arrested a week after the killing. He was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder in September 2012 and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in March before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

Rios could face a maximum sentence of 8ø to 25 years in prison if convicted on the charges of conspiracy and hindering.

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