Tonawanda News

March 5, 2014

Martin-Brown's trial beginning adjourned

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — The non-jury trial of Antonio Martin-Brown, the man accused of killing Malone’s bar owner Vincent James Cottone, has been adjourned. 

Martin-Brown, 20, has been charged with second-degree murder and petit larceny, was set to face trial Tuesday in Erie County Court. He will be in court March 12 to discuss a new trial date. 

Martin-Brown is accused of killing the 62-year-old Kenmore resident on the morning of May 19. Cottone died from blunt force injuries in his Landers Road home, police said. 

The 20-year-old suspect surrendered to police in early June and pleaded not guilty.

In a pre-sentencing hearing in September, attorneys discussed how authorities’ questioned Martin-Brown, who is also accused of stealing a check from Cottone.

In his statements to authorities, Martin-Brown acknowledged he had some sort of relationship with Cottone, and had been to his house several times. Cottone never locked his doors and didn’t use a key, Martin-Brown said.