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Buffalo man indicted in June slaying of teen on Lombard Street

A Buffalo man has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Buffalo youth, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced Friday.

Eric Smith, 41, was arraigned on the murder charge and a second charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon on Thursday before State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek. Smith was charged with weapons possession because of previous felony convictions, according to the DA's office.

Prosecutors say Smith shot Leo Thagard III, 17, at about 8:42 p.m. June 17 after a brief argument outside of a home on Lombard Street between Peckham Street and Paderewski Drive, near the Central Terminal.

Smith was remanded without bail. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years to life in prison.

Flynn commended the work of Det. Michael Mordino of the Buffalo Police Homicide Squad, Buffalo Police Det. Carmen Clark of the Violent Felony Warrant Squad and Deputy US Marshal James Bona on the case.

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