D'Vonne T. Clark, charged with second-degree murder in the July 22 stabbing death of a Buffalo teenager in Lockport, has been given until Jan. 4 to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter, defense counsel Joseph A. Scalzo said after a Niagara County Court appearance Tuesday.
Clark, 17, of Lockport, allegedly intervened in a fight in an alley off Pine Street and fatally stabbed Elijah L. Wedington, 16.
Earlier, Judge Sara Sheldon rejected Scalzo's effort to have the indictment changed from murder to first-degree manslaughter. Now prosecutors have offered Clark the charge Scalzo sought all along.
Scalzo said he hired a private investigator to interview witnesses before Clark decides on the plea deal. Jury selection for a murder trial would begin Feb. 4.