- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A western New York man has pleaded not guilty to fatally shooting his tenant in the driveway of their Buffalo-area home.

Erie County prosecutors say 54-year-old Thomas Szczesniak is charged with second-degree murder in the October death of 54-year-old Joseph Lawrence Jr. in Cheektowaga.

After pleading not guilty Tuesday, his attorney told reporters he plans to claim self-defense if the case goes to trial.

Assistant District Attorney James Bargnesi says the two men were friends.

Szczesniak is being held without bail.


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