Tonawanda News


November 24, 2012

Arrest made in NT homicide

Victim's boyfriend Brian Lowry charged with second-degree murder


Tonawanda News — Rylowicz's Facebook account shows her as a 1997 graduate of Brocton High School, south of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County. She listed her employer as Glidden Machine and Tool in Wurlitzer Drive in North Tonawanda.

Szukala said Lowry is being held without bail. Once formally arraigned he will face a felony hearing scheduled within three days. Should Lowry choose to go forward with the hearing, police and prosecutors will present the evidence justifying the second-degree murder charge in North Tonawanda City Court. Should Lowry and his as-yet-unnamed attorney opt to waive the hearing, the case will be put to a Niagara County grand jury behind closed doors for consideration of indictment.

"You don't really want to bring too much out prior to it going to the grand jury," Szukala said. "That's just the way the investigation can go. (We want to) make sure we get the indictments or go to trial. ... Unfortunately for the people who want to know the facts, we're going to have to hold back on it."

Szukala said more charges are likely once prosecutors sort through evidence and determine what other criminal offenses allegedly occurred. 

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