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Rochester man accused of murder-for-hire

Rochester, N.Y. Police say a Rochester man was paid to kill a witness in another trial to prevent him from testifying.

Donkavius Howard, 23, pleaded not guilty to first degree murder charges Wednesday.

Police say Howard was paid a sum of money by an uncharged co-conspirator to kill Demetric Tatum, 35, on February 1.

"These are certainly special circumstances that are alleged in this case, said Assistant District Attorney Perry Duckles, basically murder-for-hire and the potential for killing a witness in another matter.

The victim, Tatum, was shot and killed on the front porch of his home on Clay Avenue, according to police. They say he was killed in front of his two small children.

Scary, said Nicole Fonseca, victims neighbor. I'm glad it wasn't a random thing because you have to worry about your kids playing outside. Anybody can get hurt."

Police say Tatum was the victim of an assault in another pending criminal case from 2012 and was cooperating with investigators in the case.

Howard is being held at the Monroe County Jail without bail. Hes due back in court on February 25.

 
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