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MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGED ROLE IN SLAYING CASE

Tony Higgins, 19, of B Street, charged with supplying a handgun used to kill a man during a Walnut Street fight last summer, was indicted today on murder and other charges in the case.

Higgins was ordered to remain in jail without bail after he pleaded innocent before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to murder, weapon, hindering prosecution and evidence tampering charges in the killing of Lavance Martin.

The evidence tampering charge stems allegedly tossing the weapon off the Grand Island Bridge.

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark said Higgins is charged with giving the handgun the Nathaniel Roland, who allegedly used it to mistakenly shoot Martin after a street fight with the victim's brother.

Roland, 19, of Koons Avenue, allegedly was trying to shoot Martin's musician brother, Pharoh Sanders, 22, on Walnut near Sycamore Streets July 15 after they had a fistfight.

Court officials noted that eight months ago Roland was put on probation on drug and robbery charges for helping prosecutors obtain the murder conviction of Emmanuel D. Mitchell, 20, of Johnson Street in the mistaken-identity murder of Darice Leonard, 20, of Glenwood Avenue in May 1995.

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