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January 28, 2014

Tijuana Davis murder case could see new lawyer and a plea deal

LOCKPORT — A North Carolina man, charged in the murder of a Falls woman, may need a new defense lawyer.

And his co-defendant might be in line for a plea deal.

Richard Moore, 50, of Winston-Salem and Cammesoa Marie Williams, 42, also of Winston-Salem, made separate appearances on Monday before Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. They are both accused of roles in the murder of Tijuana Davis.

Williams has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Moore has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. 

Defense attorney Michael Benedict, a public defender, told Murphy his office may not be able to represent Moore because of a conflict of interest. Benedict said one of the office's attorneys represented a witness in the murder case in an unrelated matter. 

Murphy scheduled another hearing for Moore on Friday.

Later, Williams' defense attorney told Murphy that he and prosecutors have had some discussion of a plea deal in her case.

"We have had a number of conversations to work toward a pre-trial disposition," defense attorney Herbert Greenman said. "But we're not there yet."

First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann said prosecutors will need to consult with Davis's family before moving forward on a plea deal.

"We have not yet talked to them about a plea offer on this case," she said.

Hoffmann and Greenman asked Murphy for "a few weeks" to see if they can make a deal. 

Murphy also tentatively agreed to allow Williams to travel to North Carolina for "not more than five days" to deal with a "family matter." Williams is currently free on $5,000 bail. 

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