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Town of Tonawanda police arrest suspect in fatal stabbing

Posted at 6:25 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 18:26:39-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Town of Tonawanda Police said 39-year-old Jevon Gaiter faced arraignment in court earlier on Wednesday.

He faces a second degree murder charge for the fatal stabbing of 59-year-old Mark Bottita.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said the suspect and the victim knew each other; they lived in the same neighborhood, but they got into a fight that lead to a deadly outcome.

"A very horrific and senseless alleged act of violence that culminated in the death of another human being," said Flynn.

Police said it happened Saturday at 1 a.m. in the vicinity of Tonawanda Street and Vulcan Street.

"I would be remiss if I didn't thank the efforts of even the patrol officers and our paramedics that responded that night at 1 a.m. to a very horrific scene," said Acting Chief Jim Stauffiger with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department.

NFTA police arrested Gaiter at the downtown bus station yesterday afternoon. He remains in custody tonight without bail.

If convicted, Gaiter faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

Police said the victim, Mark Bottita, leaves behind a sister.