Tonawanda News

September 20, 2012

Shooting suspect appears in court

Staff reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Two men were arraigned in state Supreme Court Wednesday morning for intimidating and shooting at a police informant who came forward after a gruesome July slaying in Buffalo. 

Eric Smith, 22, 715 Englewood Terrace, Town of Tonawanda, and Kentie Crump, 17, 81 Young St., Cheektowaga, are accused of arguing with a man who cooperated with Buffalo Police detectives as they investigated the homicide of a Buffalo teenager. 

Darren Brown was 17 when he was killed after being stabbed repeatedly, dumped in a wooded area and set on fire near Colvin Avenue in North Buffalo on July 6. 

Allegedly, following a Aug. 5 argument with the witness and in retaliation for cooperating with authorities, Smith handed Crump a loaded revolver, who then fired it at the informant. 

The bullet however merely grazed the witness, then struck a 22-year-old innocent bystander, Sharlene Session. The St. Lawrence Avenue resident suffered serious physical injury, according to a statement released by Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita, though he did not return calls seeking additional information. 

Smith and Crump stood before Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia Wednesday on an indictment charging them both with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

A representative of Sedita’s office who would not identify themselves, said Smith and Crump are each being held on $300,000 bail. If convicted, the pair could spend a maximum of 25 years in prison. 

Two other Buffalo teenagers, Ezeiekile Nafi and Demetrius Huff, have been charged with second-degree murder in Brown’s killing.