BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The day after a 96-year-old home invasion victim died, authorities announced a new arrest in the case.
Levi Clayton passed away on Tuesday, though it remains unclear if he died as a result of the injuries he suffered during a brutal attack when robbers broke into his home last November. Now a second suspect has been locked up.
Jordan McKinnon of Buffalo has been arraigned in City Court on two charges of robbery and burglary in connection with the home invasion captured on surveillance video last November. The 19-year-old is the second person to be charged. Eighteen-year-old Justice Feggans was previously charged in the case.
Clayton's friend, John Donelson, said, "If they got the party or parties, somebody should bear the blame. To take advantage of an elder person at that age, they should pay."
Clayton died Tuesday at Buffalo's V.A. Hospital. If the medical examiner determines the cause of his death was the result of the assault, the charges against the defendants could be more serious.
Donelson believes his friend's death can be attributed to the beating he suffered.
"I do, because his fracture above this eye and both jawbones," Donelson said. "I don't know how he survived."
Clayton had been very active here at the Friendship Baptist Church in Buffalo, and was always concerned about the people with the greatest needs. He had many people praying for him during the four and a half months he suffered, yet he never complained about his condition or expressed hatred toward his attackers, according to Donelson.
"I never heard him say anything against those attackers. I would hear him say: 'Lord have mercy,'" Donelson said.
Donelson was the last of Clayton's friends to see him alive. He said they prayed together, and then Donelson said, 'I'll see you tomorrow.'
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