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Shooting suspects turn down plea offers

LOCKPORT - Two of the three Niagara Falls men charged in the shooting of an 18-year-old on a Falls street corner appeared in Niagara County Court today and turned down plea offers, at least for the time being.
Marlyn M. Rubin, 20, of Niagara Street, and Paul E. Buck Jr., 23, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, both said no to offers to plead guilty to Class D felonies.
Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the same offer has been extended to Jacob J. Taggart, 23, of Niagara Avenue, who is due in court Tuesday. All three are set for trial Dec. 17, and Hoffmann said anyone who pleads guilty before then will be required to testify against anyone who doesn't.
A bullet remains lodged in the chest of Anthony McDougald, 18, who was shot April 25 at 12th and Niagara streets. He testified at a preliminary hearing that he saw guns in the hands of Buck and Taggart but couldn't place a weapon in Rubin's hands. That led to Rubin having his bail set at $25,000, which he made, while the others are locked up in lieu of $75,000 bail.