Buffalo man accused of cutting victim’s throat outside Tonawanda convenience store


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — An arrest has been made in a weekend homicide outside a Tonawanda convenience store.

Jevon Gaiter was arraigned on one count of second-degree murder in the death of Mark Bottita, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.

The stabbing happened around 1 a.m. Saturday near Tonawanda and Vulcan streets in the town of Tonawanda, near the border with Buffalo.

Police allege that Gaiter cut Bottita’s throat, describing it as a horrific scene for everyone who responded or encountered it.

Bottita was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 59 years old.

Police said that both men knew one another. Prosecutors said the men had a confrontation, leading to the incident.

Gaiter was arrested Tuesday at a downtown Buffalo bus station.

Gaiter is scheduled to return to court next week, and remains held without the possibility of making bail.

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