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Tonawanda stabbing suspect faces grand jury action

Attorneys for Gabriel Lopez, 22, the suspect in the stabbing of a Town of Tonawanda man, has waived a felony hearing in Tonawanda Town Court, allowing the case to go before an Erie County grand jury.

Defense attorney Joel L. Daniels confirmed the decision to cancel the felony hearing.

Daniels said he and co-counsel John Jordan haven't decided whether Lopez will testify before the grand jury, which will be presented the case within the next 45 days.

"I can't rule it out," Daniels said of his client's possible testimony before the grand jury.

Lopez, currently free on $10,000 bail, was arrested by City of Tonawanda police shortly after the 3:45 a.m. stabbing because of an all-points-bulletin put out by Town of Tonawanda police. Lopez is charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

The stabbing victim was in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center due to the loss of a large amount of blood from several deep stab wounds. But he is now still recovering from his injuries.

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