Amherst Man Charged in 2017 Murder

Murder occurred on May Street in Buffalo

Mike Baggerman
May 22, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Dydisci Martin, 25, arraigned on Second Degree Murder charges (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - An Amherst man was charged with Murder in the Second Degree after an almost year-long investigation.

Dydisci Martin, 25, was accused  of the murder of Leon "Bruno" Nelson, Jr., 48, last July 28. Martin lived in an upstairs apartment with the victim's girlfriend. The woman left town the day of the murder and returned two days later.

"She was trying to contact her boyfriend over the weekend via her cell phone and was unsuccessful in reaching him," Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said. "When she came back late Sunday night and was still missing, she became concerned. The victim's family obviously hadn't seen him in a couple of days. On Monday, the concern got greater."

Police were called for a missing person. An initial search of Nelson was at his home. The second location was at the apartment basement on 196 May Street in Buffalo. 

"(Nelson) had a gunshot wound to the head," Flynn said. "We have an idea what the motive is but obviously I can't talk about that now. I want to bring it up at trial."

Flynn said the defendant and victim knew one another through the girlfriend. 

Martin had no criminal history prior to the alleged murder. He worked at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. 

Nelson's family and friends were in attendance for Martin's arraignment on Tuesday. 

"(Our) family has a very large hole in our heart because of this situation," Brian Bryant, Nelson's uncle, said. "Now we feel that it's the start of closure. Giving some family our closure with the arrest. We feel great about that. We give our thanks to God almighty."

Martin was remanded without bail. His future court date is still to be determined, as a new judge will oversee the case. 

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