NFTA Worker Killed, Suspect on Trial

March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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March 4, 2013 Updated Mar 4, 2013 at 1:22 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - The man accused of gunning down a NFTA worker is heading to trial, Monday. Joshua Mitchell, 24, will face a jury trial for allegedly shooting to death Brian Chapman, 39.

The shooting happened about a year ago on February 1, 2012. The tragedy unfolded at the 300 block of Guilford Street. Authorities said Chapman was on his way to work when Mitchell who was sitting in a car shot him.

They said Chapman was a former school bus driver who worked for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority at the time of the shooting. Officials at the NFTA confirm Chapman was based out of the Cold Springs garage.

"He was a wonderful young man, dedicated to his job, reported every day on time, always had a smile and he is going to be missed not only by his co-workers but by passengers," Spokesperson NFTA C. Douglas Hartmayer.

Neighbors said he had moved into the house on Guilford Street just months before the shooting. Those who knew him said he was a hard worker and good person who didn't cause any problems.

Mitchell has been charged with Second Degree Murder and faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted. His trial will begin at the Erie County Courthouse, Monday morning.