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March 25, 2013

New trial sought

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT -- Janice Bradberry shook her head in resignation as she left Niagara County Court Monday morning.

She had expected to see the man convicted of the murder of her son sentenced and sent to prison. Instead, lawyers for Matthew "Bones" Davis  filed an eleventh hour motion seeking to have the jury verdict that convicted him overturned.

"It is what it is. I expected this," she said with a sigh. "It's just another ploy for him to stay at the country club (Niagara County jail). He will do time. He will pay for what he did."

But Davis' defense team launched one last ditch attempt to win him a new trial and a chance at freedom.

"We want to re-raise some issues that were brought up at trial and preserve them (if there's an appeal) for Mr. Davis," defense attorney Michael Deal said. 

It took a Niagara County Court jury just two hours to reach a verdict that found Davis guilty of two counts of second-degree murder and single counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary in the slaying of Antoine Bradberry in the victim's Rainbow Boulevard apartment.

Davis had been accused of killing Bradberry in a botched robbery in August 2011. 

Police also arrested and charged Davis' girlfriend, Teara Fatico, and another woman, Chasity Wilson, in the weeks after the slaying. The pair both pleaded guilty, in a deal with prosecutors, to a charge of attempted first-degree burglary.

Fatico testified against Davis at his trial and she and Wilson are each currently serving 13-year state prison terms for their convictions.

Investigators said Bradberry died after a violent struggle with Davis. An autopsy determined that Bradberry had suffered from hypertensive disorder and probably suffered a fatal heart attack as a result of the stress of the struggle.

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