Niagara Gazette

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March 8, 2013

Best seeks separate trial in Tennant case

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Niagara Gazette — Best came to police headquarters several hours after Falls police had begun a desperate hunt for Tennant. The little girl had been reported missing from her great-grandmother’s home, in the 400 block of Sixth Street.

The great-grandmother said the little girl had disappeared overnight and had last been seen with Freeman. Freeman, then 16 and now 17, was described as a “close family friend.”

Not long after Best spoke with detectives, police made the grisly discovery of Tennant’s body. She was found dead in a trash bag, buried in a garbage can in the 500 block alley of Third Street.

Freeman, in several statements to police, that have been sealed by a court order, reportedly offered several explanations for what had happened to Isabella. After being told that Best had led investigator’s to Tennant’s body, Freeman reportedly confessed to the murder.

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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