Tonawanda News — "He's never been abusive, ever," Alexander said. "He lived his life, he was a good Christian. His family is grieving it and were at church last night."
Alexander said he believed that Marchant may have had drug and alcohol problems and Stone could have been been involved with drugs as well. He said the two had an argument over the phone the night of the stabbing.
Police said a six- to eight-inch kitchen knife was used.
Records indicate however that Stone was arrested at least 11 times between 2006 and 2010, the most recent of which was for assault with a baseball bat. None of the arrests were for drug offenses. Marchant was arrested twice for DWI during the past two years.
She is also believed to have appeared in various pornographic films. Alexander said Stone had confided in him that she was previously involved in that business, though she had dropped out of it soon after the two began dating.
"Ralph was aware," he said. "I guess she stopped when they got together."
Alexander said that Marchant had been drinking the night of Stone's death and that the couple had ongoing troubles with the relationship after they had met a party last year.
"He always told me that there were issues with her," he said.Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.