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Buffalo man faces retrial in stabbing

A Buffalo man faces a retrial May 12 in Erie County Court on one count of first-degree assault in the stabbing of his mother’s boyfriend during an argument last year.

Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on Wednesday set the court date for Willie N. Henley, 35, who was initially charged with attempted second-degree murder and assault in the March 17 attack on Burnett Hopkins, 51, in a home on West Ferry Street where Henley lived with his mother and grandmother.

A jury last week acquitted Henley of attempted murder but deadlocked on the assault charge, resulting in a mistrial on that charge.

Besides scheduling the retrial, Franczyk also allowed John K. Jordan, Henley’s assigned attorney, to withdraw. The judge assigned Joseph A. Agro to represent Henley at the retrial. Assistant District Attorney Paul Williams prosecuted the case.

Both the attempted murder and assault charges are Class B felonies, which carry a maximum prison sentence of up to 25 years upon conviction.

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