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'Backup' gunman admits killing man to protect friend's drug 'turf'

A Buffalo man called as “backup” when a friend was in a fight admitted Wednesday killing a man to protect his friend’s “turf.”

Russell M. Adams, 19, said he shot and killed Myron Kemp the night of Aug. 31 on a West Side street corner.

Prosecutors believe that Kemp had gone to Grant and Breckenridge streets that evening to confront the drug dealer he believed was responsible for his brother Michael’s overdose death in January 2016.

The dealer, Eric Jones, was free on bail and awaiting trial on drug charges when Kemp confronted him. Jones called Adams for help when the fight became physical. Shortly afterward, Kemp was shot.

Adams admitted in a recorded interview with Buffalo police that he was the person who shot Myron Kemp, Assistant District Attorney John P. Feroleto said.

Jones was killed 11 days later while sitting in a parked car a few streets away from the corner where Kemp died. That homicide remains under investigation.

Adams, who originally was charged with murder, now faces a maximum possible sentence of 25 years in prison when he returns to  State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia's  court June 15.

Map: Homicides in Buffalo in 2016

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