NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - It was a packed house for Tuesday's arraignment of two teens charged in connection with the death of five-year-old Bella Tennant.
Sixteen-year-old John Freeman will be tried as an adult and faces a second-degree murder charge.
The Niagara County Coroner ruled Isabella Tennant's cause of death as a mechanical obstruction of the airway and compression of the neck.
Police say the suspect used his bare hands, which would mean Isabella was choked to death.
In court, Freeman was asked, "are you a student?" He answered, "no." That was the only word Freeman said in court.
He never looked at Isabella's family, he only glanced at his own family who cried through the arraignment.
MORE | Isabella's mother spoke to News 4 in an exclusive interview, talking about her tragic loss and explaining why Bella was left alone with a 16-year-old after the girl's great grandmother had gone to bed
Defense Attorney Robert Viola plans to challenge Freeman's alleged confession to police.
Viola said, "It's my understanding the people's case for the most part rests on a reported statement given by my client."
Co defendant Tyler Best is charged with tampering with evidence. He's accused helping dump the five-year-old girl's body in a trash can.
Buffalo Police have arrested 26-year-old Nicholas Finnegan of South Buffalo and charged him with pushing Russ Ross to his death.
Police say there were 32 burglaries, 20 in Albion, five in Medina, four in Oakfield and three in the City of Lockport.
A seven-year-old Buffalo girl got dropped off more than three miles away from the bus stop where her mother was waiting for her on Wednesday.
Police, FBI agents and a bomb squad all showed up on a quiet residential street in North Buffalo overnight.
The Niagara County Sheriff's is on the scene of a suspected meth lab in Sanborn.
Authorities say they're investigating the deaths of two inmates at New York's maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility.