Suspect out of jail for 12 days before murder

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 11:46:03-05

A Buffalo man has been indicted on charges of beating a 67-year-old man to death inside his home.

On July 6, 2015, officers arrived on scene for a possible disturbance at a home on Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga and say they saw 46-year-old Kevin Schwartz running from the house. He was caught after a short foot chase.

Officers and paramedics tried to save the life of homeowner Lawrence Cassata but he died at the scene. Prosecutors say Schwartz beat him to death.

Schwartz has been in custody since July 6th for violating his parole. He had been living at a halfway house in Buffalo after serving time for domestic violence charges in 2012. He was out of jail for just 12 days prior to his arrest for allegedly killing Cassata.

Schwartz was indicted Wednesday on second degree murder and first degree burglary charges.

If convicted, he faces 25 year to life in prison.




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