Niagara Gazette

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March 26, 2014

Victim IDs shooter


Niagara Gazette — Petty was rushed to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and then to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. While Petty was at NFMMC, his brother, Robert Hilson, who shared the Cudaback Avenue home, arrived there.

Hilson testified that he had tried to call Houston a short time earlier because he was concerned that his brother wasn't answering his cell phone. Houston didn't answer Hilson's call either.

However, when Hilson got to Memorial, he saw Houston in a car parked outside the hospital.

"I told (Houston) my brother got shot, but I didn't know anything (else)," Hilson said. "He said to let him know what was going on."

In phone calls during the days that followed the shooting, Hilson said Houston would ask him how his brother was doing and was he "talking." Hilson said Houston and his brother were close friends who were always together.

The Petty shooting is not Houston’s first brush with violence in the Falls. He was released from prison in January 2013 after serving five years of a seven-year term for his conviction in connection with a pair of shootings in 2005 when he was just 17.

In that case, Houston pleaded guilty to both shooting a man in December 2005 and acting as a lookout when another man who was shot during a home invasion in October 2005.


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