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Niagara Falls man claims mistaken identity in murder case

The attorney for Jamell Parker said Thursday that his client did not kill a man during a card game Oct. 28.

Jamell Parker was arraigned Monday, Oct. 30 in Niagara Falls City Court on a second-degree murder charge. (Larry Kensinger / Special to The Buffalo News)

"He indicates to me this is a mistake and he is not the person who committed this crime," Niagara County Assistant District Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said as Parker pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court to murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Marlowe Smith, 36, died in his home at 1118 19th St. in Niagara Falls from one gunshot to the head, Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said.

Parker, 26, ran from police that night, according to her colleague, Mary Jean Bowman. He was captured in an alley between 24th and 25th streets. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. set bail at $100,000.

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