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January 11, 2014

Details emerge in manslaughter trial of NT woman

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Tonawanda News — “I told him it wasn’t worth it,” said Graney, who was eventually forced to leave the apartment by Stone because he was passing out in a chair, according to testimony. 

Dee, Marchant and Stone then visited a North Tonawanda bar and drank two more pitchers of beer between the three of them, before Dee drove the couple back to the Oliver Street apartment because of Stone’s level of intoxication. Dee said she left the couple at approximately 10 p.m., about 30 minutes before the first 911 call was placed by Stone at 10:28 p.m. 

Once inside, according to Marchant’s interview with police, Stone and Marchant tussled over a text message, causing Marchant to attempt to grab his phone.

As the argument heated up, she went in the bedroom where Stone followed and tensions escalated. 

Marchant told police that in the minutes before Stone’s demise, he had pulled her hair during a room-by-room fight. She left the bedroom and latched the door of another room, and Stone broke through it. 

It moved to the kitchen, where Marchant said she grabbed a red-handled knife with a six-inch blade from a butcher’s block and escaped to the bathroom, leaning up against a closed door. Moments later, she said, Stone burst through it and began pulling her hair yet again.  

“‘Go ahead and be a boss, stab me,’” Marchant said Stone told her that night. “‘Then he pulled my head back one more time. And then I stabbed him.”

As police arrived, Stone collapsed on the kitchen floor. 

Throughout the interview, Marchant sporadically burst in to tears. At 2:46 a.m., when it ended, the detectives told her she was being charged with murder, a charge that was eventually reduced to two counts of manslaughter. In the interrogation room, Marchant finished her cigarette and the three exited the room, the video showed.  

The trial will continue on Monday. 

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