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Teen held in slaying on East Side

The arrest of a Gibson Street teen Tuesday in connection with a murder on the city's East Side is his fourth felony arrest in about eight months.

Kevin D. Rogers, 19, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of 20-year-old Derell B. Henley of Eggert Road at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at a gas station at the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Sycamore Streets. Henley was struck multiple times and later died of his injuries.

Police suspect drugs motivated the killing. Henley, who was at the gas station to pay a phone bill, had cocaine on him when he was killed, police said.

Two of Rogers' recent arrests -- involving his alleged possession of a loaded firearm on March 3 and possession of cocaine with the intent to sell on June 17 -- are awaiting grand jury action, according to City Court records.

Besides those felony charges, Rogers also was arrested on felony cocaine possession with intent to sell on July 25 and misdemeanor possession of marijuana and criminal contempt on June 6.

Homicide detectives were flanked by top police brass and Mayor Byron W. Brown at a Wednesday afternoon news conference to announce Rogers' arrest. They expressed surprise that Rogers was out on the street at the time of Henley's murder.

"The Buffalo Police Department is doing our job in making arrests and ridding the streets of the criminal element," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. "It is frustrating at times when the bad guy is released before the officer has finished his paperwork."

Rogers was arraigned in City Court on Wednesday and is expected to return to court Tuesday morning.


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