Homicide Case Cleared

August 20, 2011 Updated Aug 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM EDT

By WKBW News


Homicide Case Cleared

August 20, 2011 Updated Aug 20, 2011 at 9:12 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( release ) Buffalo police have cleared another homicide case with the guilty plea of a Buffalo man earlier this week. Brandon Elmore, 17 years old, of Potomac Avenue in Buffalo plead guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the first degree and possession of a weapon, in Erie County Court, in connection with the shooting death of Christopher Leeper, also of Buffalo.

Leeper was killed on April 11th, around 9:15pm. His body was discovered by arriving police who were investigating a shooting call in the vicinity of 347 Bird Avenue. An immediate investigation was begun by Homicide Squad Detectives Michael Acquino and Michael A. Mordino

"Homicide Squad detectives worked closely with the camera monitors in the Video Surveillance Unit and Northwest District police officers, who were able to identify and locate people seen on video surveillance footage," according to Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

A key person of interest - Elmore -- was arrested on April 27th, when he was found in possession of a .45 caliber pistol by D District Lt. Michael March and Officers Robert W. Yeates and Thomas Sercu.

Testing conducted at the Central Police Services Lab confirmed that the weapon in Elmore's possession was used in the shooting of Leeper.

Prosecutor James Bargnesi was consulted on the facts of the continuing investigation, which culminated in the guilty plea Tuesday afternoon.

Assisting in the investigation were Detective Sergeant Daniel Rinaldo and Detective Mary Gugliuzza.

Elmore remains in custody in the Erie County Holding Center, pending
further court action.