The Tonawanda News
Tonawanda News — Pretrial hearings for Antonio Martin-Brown, the alleged killer of Malone’s owner Jim Cottone, were adjourned Wednesday until Aug. 28 after a lengthy discussion between the prosecutors, defense attorney and Erie County Court Judge Russell Buscaglia.
Martin-Brown, 19, is accused of killing the 62-year-old Kenmore resident the morning of May 19. He surrendered to police in early June and later pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and petit larceny.
Cottone, who purchased Malone’s Bar and Grill last summer, died from blunt force injuries in his Landers Road home, police said.
More information about Martin-Brown, including how he knew the victim, is not being released. At the time of Martin-Brown’s surrender, Kenmore Police Chief Peter Breitnaeur said the killing was not a random act, but that the suspect was not associated with the Delaware Avenue bar.
Martin-Brown, of Buffalo, is being held at the Erie County Holding Center without bail.
Buscaglia said in June that the pretrial appearance will include a Huntley hearing to examine whether the statements Martin-Brown made to police were voluntary or violated his Miranda rights.