TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Three people have been indicted after a woman was killed in the Town of Tonawanda last year.
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn announced the arrests of Daniel Rodriguez, 37, Ernest Green, 38, and Sharee Bailey, 28, on Friday.
All three were charged with murder. Rodriguez and Green each additionally face two counts of attempted murder.
“There was a mother shot and killed in front of her two children,” Flynn said as he spoke of the case of 31-year-old Danielle Cretacci. She was shot on Ebling Ave. in August 2019.
According to Flynn, Rodriguez and Green entered the home before removing Cretacci and her 11- and eight-year-old daughters from their bedrooms.
Flynn says Cretacci was subsequently shot “execution style,” in the back of her head. Her children were also shot, but they survived.
The children had been struck in the torso. According to prosecutors, the older child pretended to be dead until the men left the home. Once they were gone, officials say the child went door-to-door in order to find help.
The eight-year-old was cuddled up next to her mother when police arrived.
The reason for the intrusion is believed to be an attempted robbery. Authorities say the men sought to rob Cretacci following a recent insurance settlement that she had been talking about online.
Prosecutors say a sum of money was allegedly stolen.
If Green and Rodriguez are convicted in this case, they could spend 75 years to life in prison. Bailey could spend 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
Bailey, Green and another person — 24-year-old Wayne Robbins, were also charged with killing two other people in a separate incident.
Each of the three face two counts of first-degree murder and four counts of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors say that one month after Cretacci was killed, Green, Bailey and Robbins fatally shot Bethany Malloy, 21, and Shaquiel St. John, 26, inside a home on Merrimac St. in Buffalo.
This occurred during a robbery, officials say. A sum of money was allegedly stolen.
If convicted, Green, Bailey and Robbins could spend life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Each person facing charges is being held without bail.
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