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First of 3 charged in killing of disabled Niagara Falls man pleads not guilty

LOCKPORT - The first of three defendants in the April 12 killing of a disabled Niagara Falls man was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court.

Shaquan O. Herbert, 22, of Ontario Avenue in the Falls, pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and single counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set bail at $100,000.

Two co-defendants are to be arraigned Monday on the same charges, Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. They are Falls residents Devante L. Beasley, 18, of Weston Avenue, and Stephanie Raymond, 18, of 71st Street.

They are charged in the death of Jose Hewitt, 59, who police said let Beasley and Herbert into an apartment house at 617 Pine Ave., where they allegedly robbed a resident. Raymond was reportedly the driver of the getaway car.

Hewitt, who also lived in the building, was found dead in the front doorway. He was reportedly hit in the head with a gun, but police said an autopsy showed he died of a heart attack, perhaps triggered by the stress of the confrontation.


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