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February 7, 2013

Man dies in domestic dispute

Tonawanda News —

A North Tonawanda woman is in jail after police say she stabbed her boyfriend to death Wednesday night in her Oliver Street apartment. 

Police were called at approximately 10:30 p.m. to the 580 Oliver Street home of Jennifer R. Marchant, 23, where two officers discovered her boyfriend bleeding profusely from a single stab wound near his collar bone.  

At first, officers Timothy Sylvester and Robert Frank weren't sure of the gravity of the scene. When the 911 call came in moments earlier, the disturbance was reported as a domestic incident. 

Sylvester entered the second-floor apartment to find the victim, Ralph D. Stone, 24, exiting the bathroom, when he appeared to rush toward the officer in an offensive posturing. Sylvester took Stone to the floor as Frank arrived to assist, before realizing the man was gravely wounded. 

Sylvester then used his police-issued jacket as a makeshift tourniquet, applying pressure to stem the significant loss of blood.

"That was probably the only thing he had at his disposal to compress that much blood," Police Chief Randy Szukala said. 

It was a during a shift change that the grisly discovery was made, as police and paramedics flooded to Oliver Street. But despite the number of first responders it was too late to save Stone's life. 

Sylvester continued to apply first aid until reinforcements arrived as Frank took Marchant aside. Stone, an 11th Avenue resident, died inside apartment 3 a short while later.

Investigators believe Marchant and Stone were involved in a domestic dispute when the stabbing took place. Police said a six- to eight-inch kitchen knife was used as the murder weapon. 

"It appears that it's one stab wound through the lower portion of the neck," Szukala said. 

Marchant was taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder. Szukala said she spoke to officers, though he could give few details on the nature of that conversation. 

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