29-Year Old Charged with Murder for February Train Station Stabbing

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BUFFALO, NY (PRESS RELEASE) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 29-year-old Contrelle P. Hornsby of Buffalo was arraigned this morning before Erie County Court Judge James Bargnesi on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony).

It is alleged that on Sunday, February 27, 2022, at approximately 10:20 a.m., the defendant intentionally stabbed the victim inside of the NFTA Metro Rail Utica station on Main Street near East Utica Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim, 53-year-old Donnie D. Reese of Buffalo, was taken by ambulance to ECMC where he died from his injuries.

Hornsby is scheduled to return on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for a pre-trial conference. He continues to remain held without bail.

If convicted of the charge, Hornsby faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) Transit Police for their work in this investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Ashley M. Morgan of the Homicide Bureau.