>15-year-old denies guilt in deli owner's slaying
A 15-year-old Victoria Street boy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder and first-degree robbery charges in the daytime killing of Buffalo deli owner Lutf Myheeb Saeed during a $50 stickup in his store in November.
Robert L. Gwynn Jr. was ordered by Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico to remain jailed without bail following his arraignment on the indictment.
Prosecutor Christopher J. Belling said a 13-year-old boy being held as Gwynn's accomplice in the Nov. 15 stickup at Myheeb's Deli at Fillmore and Rodney avenues, is being prosecuted in Erie County Family Court.
Gwynn was indicted as a juvenile murder suspect and faces a maximum prison term of nine years to life if convicted of killing the 38-year-old businessman.
Gwynn and his alleged accomplice have both been jailed since their Dec. 11 arrests. Saeed was shot in the chest about 10:15 a.m. Nov. 15 after his attackers took $50 from him, according to police reports. Saeed, a Yemeni immigrant known in the neighborhood around his store as "Mike," died a half hour later.
>Gunshot victim dies from wounds
A Hartman Place man shot eight times when he answered his door early Jan. 16 has become the city's fourth homicide victim of 2007, Buffalo police reported Tuesday.
Kamal Razick, 22, answered his door about 2:30 a.m., and a man told him, "I want . . .," and then began shooting. Razick was struck in the head, chest, arm and back, police said.
Razick was declared brain dead last Thursday. His organs were donated over the weekend.
Another Riverside man, 21-year-old Rashaun Holt, is considered "a person of interest" in the case. Holt was tracked down shortly after the shooting, allegedly attempting to break into his former girlfriend's house. He was being held on burglary and contempt charges.
No charges had been filed as of late Tuesday in Razick's death. Police were continuing to investigate the exact circumstances of the shooting, according to Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.
>Two get prison terms in shooting of girl, 14
Yamil R. Rivera and Jose L. Gautier received prison terms Tuesday for the West Avenue shooting that left a 14-year-old girl with a bullet lodged in her back.
Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman rebuked Rivera, 30, of West Avenue, as she imposed a 10-year prison term on his attempted-murder plea. She also chided Gautier, 27, of 14th Street, as she imposed a seven-year prison term on his weapons plea for supplying the .45-caliber unlicensed pistol Rivera used.
The judge told both they are lucky the shooting victim, Jasmine Staples, was not killed or permanently paralyzed by the gunshots Rivera fired into the car she was in on Nov. 2, 2005, in the 1000 block of West.
Prosecutor Gary W. Hackbush said Rivera mistook the girls for the people who had broken into his home weeks earlier, and he began wildly firing after Gautier gave him the pistol.
The girl suffered a lower back injury and was treated in Erie County Medical Center. Doctors did not remove the bullet for medical reasons, the prosecutor said.
>Jury convicts suspect in 2005 bank robbery
A Fox Street man was convicted Tuesday of the armed robbery of $3,500 from an Elmwood Avenue bank branch two years ago.
Demerus Gilmer, 27, was found guilty of first-degree robbery of the HSBC branch at 709 Elmwood at about 9:15 a.m. Nov. 21, 2005.
Gilmer, who had been free on bail until the verdict in the weeklong trial, was remanded to jail by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns pending his April 23 sentencing. A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about 90 minutes.
Prosecutor James F. Bargnesi said he will urge Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark to recommend the judge impose the maximum 25-year prison term. Gilmer faces a minimum eight-year prison term on his conviction.
Bargnesi said Gilmer, who did not testify or present any defense witnesses, was arrested about 2 1/2 months after the robbery. None of the stolen money was ever recovered, the prosecutor said.
Gilmer served a brief prison term on a robbery conviction for a March 1997 mugging of a Buffalo pizza deliveryman. Bargnesi said Gilmer lured the deliveryman into the driveway of an East Side home, cracked a beer bottle over his head and robbed him.
>Bennett student attacked and robbed of jacket
A Bennett High School student was attacked from behind Tuesday morning in the vicinity of Main Street and Fillmore Avenue, and his faux fur jacket was stolen, according to Buffalo police reports.
The victim told police that he was attacked by as many as four individuals at the corner at about 11 a.m. They knocked him to the ground and stole his jacket and various personal items before fleeing south on Main Street.