Batavia stabbing victim testifies in court Monday


    Ray Leach, 17, testified at the hearing in Batavia City Court. On August 4, he was allegedly stabbed by 18-year-old Antwan Odom. (WHAM photo)

    Batavia, N.Y. (WHAM) - The teenager who investigators say was stabbed multiple times in a fight at home with a fellow Batavia High School student testified at a preliminary hearing Monday.

    Batavia Blue Devils star running back Ray Leach, 17, testified at the hearing in Batavia City Court. On August 4, he was allegedly stabbed by 18-year-old Antwan Odom.

    The two are neighbors, classmates and teammates.

    During his testimony Monday, Leach said the two were fighting over $60 being stolen – and both agreed after the fight, it would all be over. After a few heavy blows for Odom, Leach claims Odom stabbed him 10 times with a small, yellow pocket knife.

    Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman said, “It was a fairly-involved situation he explained for the judge. He was the only witness.”

    According to court papers, Odom claims Leach accused him of stealing weed.

    Odom's attorney Frank Housh said no weapon was found on his client claiming that Odom is the victim in the case. Housh said Leach's testimony shows a different side to the story.

    “It was some remarkable testimony,” said Housh. “He testified that a few days before he went over to my client’s house, demanding he come out and fight him, he had sent a Facebook post telling him that he was going to end him."

    Batavia Police arrested Odom and charged him with attempted assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

    The judge presiding over the hearing ruled there is reasonable cause that Odom did commit attempted assault. As a result, the case is going to a grand jury.

    Leach has still not been cleared to play football. He will be getting his stitches out Monday, but also could have nerve damage to his upper leg.

    Odom's bail was reduced to $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

    Odom is also facing aggravated DWI charges for an incident on April 8 where he was allegedly impaired by drugs while driving a car with children under the age of 16.

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