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February 8, 2013

Man dies in domestic dispute


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But she did tell police during an interview in the waning hours of Wednesday night that she worked for an Amherst bill collector. A search of her Twitter account and other social media sites indicated she had also been an adult film actress from 2009 through August of last year.  

Marchant plead not guilty in front of Judge William Lewis Thursday morning in North Tonawanda City Court and is being held without bail at the Niagara County Jail. She is scheduled to return to court on Monday for a felony hearing. 

But Marchant's attorney, Kevin Mahoney, who accompanied her in court, said Stone's death was the result of self defense.

"It certainly appears that our client was defending herself in a domestic situation," he said. "Our sympathies to the friends and families of all those involved." 

Meanwhile, Szukala said investigators are still trying to determine whether Stone or Marchant initially placed the 911 call to police. 

"From what we understand it's possible that both of their voices are on the call," he said. "We don't know if one dialed while the other is the background or vice versa." 

Marchant was arrested twice during the last two years for DWI charges in North Tonawanda and the Town of Tonawanda. Stone also has a lengthy arrest record, and was taken into custody 11 times between April 2006 and January 2010 on charges ranging from aggravated harassment to assault with a baseball bat. 

Szukala said there does not appear to be a history of domestic violence between the victim and the suspect. The two had been dating for several months, and according to Facebook posts, likely at least since May.

After nearly a decade without a homicide in North Tonawanda, Wednesday's alleged incident was the second in less than in three months. 

North Tonawanda police arrested a Michigan native in late-November for killing his girlfriend in her Lincoln Avenue home. Brian Lowry, 32, is now  being held on a single count of second-degree murder after he allegedly bludgeoned Heather Rylowicz to death. 

Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.

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