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2 murder convictions in Buffalo upheld on appeal

An appellate court has upheld murder convictions in two high-profile Buffalo killings.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court reaffirmed the conviction of Robin G. Kalinowski in the 2005 shooting death of her husband as he lay sleeping in bed in their Riverside home.

The appellate court also upheld the outcome in the case of Kevin J. Davis II, convicted by a jury of killing a 15-year-old girl in 2010 in a hail of bullets he fired into a house in the city’s Kensington-Bailey section. Dominique Maye, a Riverside Institute of Technology ninth-grader, was an unintended target.

Kalinowski, 48, was charged in the Nov. 10, 2005, slaying of Kevin M. Kalinowski, 41, in their Rosedale Street home.

She said she accidentally shot him in the head as she prepared to go to bed after doing laundry at about 1 a.m. when a rifle went off in the dark as she picked it up from their bed.

Her first trial in 2008 ended in a hung jury. A second jury convicted her in 2009, but an appeals court overturned the verdict two years later. Her third trial in 2012 ended in a conviction and a prison sentence of 25 years to life, the maximum.

She also is serving a concurrent prison sentence of six to 12 years after she pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy for trying to have her lover killed to keep him from testifying against her at her murder trial.

Davis, 28, a member of the Gangster Disciples gang, was convicted by a jury in 2012 of firing 19 rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle into a Hewitt Avenue home Sept. 30, 2010, in a failed attempt to shoot someone gang members believed was a snitch.

Davis fatally shot Dominique as she sat at a computer in her aunt’s house. He was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.