Niagara Gazette — Police were called to Marchant's apartment after several 911 calls were placed to county dispatchers by Stone. When they arrived to an open door, they initially encountered Stone, who was described as lunging at one officer before he was taken to the kitchen floor, where he later died.
Marchant, who was discovered in the home's bathroom with a blood-stained knife — the same room Stone was stabbed — told police "I thought he was going to kill me," according to a two-hour interview with detectives.
In an emotional plea to the courtroom prior to sentencing, Stone's mother, Michelle, said her son was "fooled at the kind of person (Marchant) was, evil."
Marchant, who also addressed the court, her voice cracking, said she recognized how many people Stone's death has affected.
"I loved him too, a lot, but I did everything I could that night," she said. "I begged him to stop. I should have known better."
In an interview with the Tonawanda News following sentencing, Marchant's mother, Kimberly Fenzel, said the family would consider an appeal as well as a change in legal counsel. Her father, Edwin Marchant, stood firm on his stance that Stone's death was in self-defense.
"My daughter did what she needed to do to protect herself," he said. "All the evidence showed that."