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Man held in slaying at Kenmore bar

A North Buffalo man with two drug convictions is being charged with second-degree murder in the April 17 stabbing death at Drifters bar in Kenmore.

Erich F. Jones, 41, of Ramsdell Avenue, turned himself in to Kenmore police on Friday after an investigation by Kenmore police and the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Jones is accused of killing Carlos Gibson, 26, of West Avenue, Buffalo, who died about three hours after he was stabbed April 17 in Drifters bar, 1141 Military Road, less than a mile from the Kenmore-Buffalo border.

Gibson was stabbed twice at about 2:50 a.m. after a disagreement,, officials said. He was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he died about three hours later, Police Chief Carl J. LaCorte said at the time of the stabbing.

Jones served jail time in 1990 and 1999 for drug possession and sale charges, according to public records, and Gibson was convicted of a felony drug-trafficking crime in 2009. After the stabbing, law enforcement officials told The Buffalo News that Kenmore police were investigating to determine whether the stabbing had anything to do with drugs.

LaCorte could not be reached to comment late Friday. A police dispatcher said she could provide no further information about the arrest or the motive in the slaying.

At the time of the killing, police and neighborhood residents called Drifters a neighborhood nuisance, with officers responding to numerous calls of disturbances, especially on weekends.

In March 2007, the State Liquor Authority assessed Drifters a $1,000 civil penalty.

Kenmore police officials declined to say where Jones was being held, or when his arraignment is scheduled.

e-mail: cspecht@buffnews.com

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