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Plea deal discussed in Falls murder case

LOCKPORT – Plea negotiations heated up Thursday in the case of a woman charged with killing the father of two of her four children in a dispute over an unpaid cable TV bill.

Chamia N. Johnson, 35, of Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, has been indicted for second-degree murder in the Feb. 22 stabbing death of Antoine Mallory, 39, in the victim’s residence in the Falls’ Monteagle Ridge Apartments.

After 45 minutes of talks in the chambers of State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., along with a huddle involving Johnson and Assistant Public Defenders Michael E. Benedict and Michele G. Bergevin, a scheduled court appearance in the case was postponed until Aug. 12.

After it was called off, Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann met with relatives of Mallory in her office to discuss the state of the talks. The attorneys would not say what plea is being offered.