Niagara Gazette

November 15, 2012

Falls teen indicted in slaying of his uncle

By Rick Pfeiffer
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls teenager, accused of gunning down his uncle, has been indicted by a Niagara County grand jury.

Darius "Drizz" Belton, 18, 1666 South Ave., has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the murder of Luis Ubiles. Belton has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Falls police responded to a shooting call just ater 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 in the 1600 block of South Avenue, just a few blocks from police headquarters. When they arrived on the scene, they found Ubiles, 37, 1670 South Ave., with a single gunshot wound.

Ubiles was lying in front of Belton's home when the officers arrived.

He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Witnesses to the shooting were not initially cooperative with police.

"Everybody said they didn't see anything," Detective Lt. Michael Trane said at the time.

However, investigators said they later determined that Belton had tried to intervene in an argument between his mother and Ubiles. Belton reportedly went into his home and came back out with a a gun.

A shot from the gun struck Ubiles just below his chest in his abdomen.