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Fiery exchange at city court

Rochester, N.Y.They stood up and loudly voiced support for recently charged murder suspect Jarrell Riley while in-court, more would soon be heard from his family and friends.

Shortly after a plea of not guilty was entered on Rileys behalf, his supporters and those of the man hes accused of killing, Marcus Griffin got into an altercation.

The profanity-laced scuffle was largely directed toward a woman who had dated both men, according to members of the Riley family, though there were words exchanged between the two families.

It would be several moments before sheriffs deputies arrived near the Hall of Justice courtyard.

Riley is charged with second degree murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree, according to the criminal complaint against him.

I'm just hurting right now, I really just don't have no words, said Tina Lowry, grandmother of Marcus Griffin.

Rileys family is adamant that he is not a killer.

I know both sides, said Thomas Walker, Rileys brother. I know a couple of people from their family and its hurting me.

He offered condolences but maintains that his brothers actions came as a result of a threat from Griffin.

If my life was on the line, I would have (done) the same thing, Walker stated.

Rochester Police did not respond to questions regarding a possible threat from Griffin, nor did they say whether a second weapon was found at the Central Park crime scene.


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