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January 31, 2014

North Carolina man weighing plea deal in murder case

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- A North Carolina man, charged in the murder of a Falls woman, will get to keep his defense lawyer.

Richard Moore will also weigh a plea deal from prosecutors.

Moore, 50, of Winston-Salem and Cammesoa Marie Williams, 42, have both been charged and 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.

Williams' lawyer has said he too is trying to make a deal for his client.

Moore is being represented by the Niagara County Public Defender's Office. On Monday, Assistant Public Defender Michael Benedict told Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III that his office might not be able to represent Moore because of a conflict of interest. On Friday, Pubic Defender A. Joseph Catalano said there was no conflict and his office would continue to represent Moore.

First Assistant District Attorney Doreen Hoffmann told Murphy that prosecutors have offered a deal to Moore. Catalano told reporters the deal would require his client to plead guilty to a charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Williams' defense attorney has 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."

Hoffmann has said prosecutors are looking to consult with the Davis family before moving forward on the plea deals.

Williams is free on $5,000 bail. Moore remains jailed in lieu of $300,000 bail.

The couple was arrested in the early morning hours of Sept. 28 after Falls police responded to a call of a shooting in the 1800 block of North Avenue. Officers found Moore and Williams at the shooting scene and then took both into custody without incident.

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