BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Federal prosecutors are now convinced that a former Buffalo motorcycle club president is dead after raising doubts in August based on conflicting details.
John C. Smith of Buffalo died after a church service in June while facing a 20-year prison sentence for selling cocaine from the Afro Dogs' clubhouse.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Duskiewicz says prosecutors had doubts about whether it was Smith who died because the description of him recorded by emergency workers, including his height and weight, didn't match Smith. They'd considered exhuming the body but instead determined the observations made while Smith was lying down weren't accurate.
Following a court hearing Wednesday, defense attorney Joseph Terranova said it was irresponsible of the government to raise the idea of exhuming Smith's body without warning the family.
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Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.
A registered nurse from Lockport has admitted concealing her knowledge of her boyfriend's drug dealing activities.
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