Buffalo man indicted after trying to murder a witness

Witness was shot in forearm and still testified

Mike Baggerman
November 19, 2019 - 4:55 pm

Dayquain Trent indicted on attempted murder charges. November 19, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – A Buffalo man is accused of trying to murder a witness who testified in a separate murder trial a month ago.

A grand jury returned an indictment against Dayquain Trent, who was charged with attempted murder, assault, and witness tampering after he allegedly shot a witness that was scheduled to testify in the October trial of Lemuele Jackson.

That witness was shot on October 22, the same day they were scheduled to speak in open court against Jackson, who was later convicted in an August 2018 murder on Haven Street in the City of Buffalo.

“That individual, after he was shot, went to ECMC that morning, was patched up, got a sling, and still came into court at 9:30 a.m. and testified,” Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said.

Flynn said Buffalo Police went into full “battle mode” with an investigation to immediately find who shot the witness. Police found out it may have been Trent and arrested him at his home on November 5.

The district attorney was outraged that the witness was attacked while Buffalo Police Captain called the witness a “hero” for testifying despite the circumstances.

“If any (witness) are subjected to any type of tampering or intimidation, we will pull out all our resources to ensure their safety and to prosecute the people responsible for attempting to harm them or prevent them from testifying,” Rinaldo said.

Flynn said his office has the ability to help witnesses who are set to testify in a case if there are concerns for their safety. He said he can help them move to different ends of the county and he can also provide a cell phone separate from your own personal phone to allow a witness to contact police.

Trent faces 25 years in prison. He will return to court on December 11.


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