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January 17, 2013

Judge must rule on whether statements to police can be used at Isabella Tennant trial


Niagara Gazette — At the time, police credited Best for coming forward and talking to them.

“It would have been very difficult to solve this without (Best’s) help,” Detective Capt. William Thomson said. “I imagine his conscience was bothering him.”

Investigators have said that, based on the statements made to them by Freeman and Best, they believe Isabella was killed in her great grandmother’s home and that her body was then taken to the trash can. Detectives say they believe Freeman was the killer and Best only helped to dispose of the body.

In October, a Niagara County grand jury indicted both Freeman and Best. Freeman, who was 16 at the time of the crime and has now turned 17, was charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence.

In an appearance in Niagara County Court in late December, Freeman’s defense attorney filed paperwork that would allow him to present an insanity defense in the case.

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