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GRAND JURY INDICTS MAN FOR MURDER, KIDNAPPING

A Genesee County grand jury has indicted a Connecticut man on murder charges in the kidnapping and killing of a one-time friend who he says helped him sell large amounts of marijuana.

Noah Gladding, 24, of Chester, Conn., was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping, according to a warrant unsealed Thursday.

Authorities say Gladding abducted Jason Argersinger, 24, also of Chester, because of a drug debt, tied him up and stuffed him in the trunk of his own car on March 1. Police say Gladding then drove to New York State.

An arrest affidavit says Gladding told police he shot Argersinger when the victim managed to free himself and tried to escape and that he left the body in a creek in Stafford.

Gladding also is charged in Connecticut with kidnapping Argersinger. Eric Connelly, 22, of Chester has been charged with aiding in the abduction, but he is not accused of accompanying Gladding on the drive to New York.

According to the warrant, Gladding said he and Argersinger began selling "large amounts" of marijuana over the past few years.

Authorities are awaiting the outcome of an extradition hearing in Connecticut on Gladding.

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