Law enforcement representatives will decide soon whether to seek warrants against three New York City teen-agers in the fatal shooting of a former Buffalo boxer, who was gunned down here Sept. 29.
A grand jury last week handed up a second-degree murder indictment against James E. Moore, 19, of 1113 Niagara Ave. Police claim he was hired for $700 to kill Jason L. Ivey, 26, of Kensington Ave., Buffalo.
The killing was in retaliation for a drug rip-off, police said, adding that they believe Ivey was a drug dealer.
"This could lead to warrants charging the three New York City teen-agers with conspiracy to commit murder," said Detective Capt. Louis Curcione, head of the homicide squad.
Assistant District Attorney Ronald Winter is reviewing all reports on the investigation.
He also revealed that Moore has claimed that one of the New Yorkers fired a shot at Ivey that could have caused the death. Witnesses claim three quick shots rang out before the body was found in a Fairfield Avenue driveway.
"They all came from the same 9mm weapon," Curcione said.
One of the teen-agers is known to have been in the area during the past week.
"I spotted him in a store while Christmas shopping with my wife," Curcione said.
The three New Yorkers are known to police.
"But it's a matter of putting the information together to charge at least one of them," District Attorney Peter Broderick said Saturday.
One of the teen-agers is the boyfriend of a 24th Street woman, police said. Police say a gun case, but not the weapon, was recovered at that address, along with a quantity of ammunition and a large sum of money.
They reported discovering a 9mm bullet on the floor at the apartment of Tina Porter, 19, and charged her with a felony count of hindering prosecution.