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Buffalo man arraigned on kidnapping, murder charges in 2017 shooting

Tevin McCutcheon (Courtesy of the Erie County District Attorney's Office)

A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been arraigned on second-degree murder charges in the 2017 kidnapping and shooting death of Jonathan Grumble, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Wednesday.

The suspect, Tevin McCutcheon, was arraigned Tuesday before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on two counts of second-degree murder, one count of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was remanded without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Grumble's body was found in a vacant lot on Quincy and Ashley Streets on the morning of May 20, 2017. He died from a single gunshot wound to his head.

In April, Matthew Schunk, 53, of Buffalo and the Town of Tonawanda pleaded guilty to kidnapping Grumble.

Last year, prosecutors said that Schunk made a statement to authorities stating that on the night he was killed, Grumble came into a house on Swinburne Street and threatened the occupants with a gun. Schunk allegedly said he was renting a room in the Swinburne house and that he helped another man overpower Grumble and restrain him. In his alleged confession, prosecutors said, Schunk claimed that after Grumble was confronted about what he was doing in the house, the other man forced the victim outside and shot him.

 

 

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