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July 4, 2013

Accused child killer changes course and drops insanity defense

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Tonawanda News — Murphy made no commitment on a possible reduction in sentence for Freeman. 

“There isn’t enough time for what he did, in my book,” Thomson said.

The murder charge carries a maximum prison term of 25 years to life. 

Freeman, 17, had been indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence in the slaying of Tennant on Aug. 26, 2012.

Jury selection for a trial in is case had been set to begin on Aug. 19.

Police and prosecutors have maintained that Freeman killed the 5-year-old little girl and was then helped by his best friend, Tyler Best, in disposing of her body in a garbage tote. Investigators have said that Best led them to Tennant’s body after he showed up at police headquarters, appearing shaken and remorseful, on the morning of the little girl’s disappearance.

Best came to police headquarters several hours after Falls police had begun a desperate hunt for Tennant. The little girl had been reported missing from her great-grandmother’s home, in the 400 block of Sixth Street.

The great-grandmother said the little girl had disappeared overnight and had last been seen with Freeman. Freeman was described as a “close family friend.”

Not long after Best spoke with detectives, police made the grisly discovery of Tennant’s body. She was found dead, in a trash bag, buried in a garbage can in the 500 block alley of Third Street.

Best, 18, is charged with tampering with physical evidence and hindering prosecution in the case. he is due back in court July 26.

Freeman is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 5.

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