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Jury in Sylvester trial hears of second shooting

LOCKPORT – The jury in the attempted murder trial of Joachim S. Sylvester in Niagara County Court heard testimony Thursday about a previous uncharged shooting allegedly aimed at the same man Sylvester is accused of trying to kill on April 17.

Sylvester, 38, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with trying to shoot Larry Miller to death on Highland Avenue in that city, once by firing at him as he stood on the street and seconds later as he fled in a sport utility vehicle.

Officer Andrew Pappas testified Tuesday that when he found Miller’s SUV on Hyde Park Boulevard, there were two bullet holes in a driver’s side rear door, but a crime scene video apparently showed only one round fired at the fleeing SUV.

On Thursday, the jury heard an explanation for that in an account of gunfire April 15 on Willow Avenue. A witness saw a vehicle that seemed to match the description of the one from which the shooter emerged on the video, and later he saw a bullet hole in the left rear door of the vehicle that Miller’s mother had said her son was using.

Both the prosecution and the defense rested their cases Thursday. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said summations and jury deliberations won’t occur until Monday.