Buffalo Man Arraigned for June Stabbing Murder

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BUFFALO, NY (PRESS RELEASE) – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 27-year-old Jaquan Combs of Buffalo was arraigned this afternoon before State Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Haendiges on on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony).

It is alleged that on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at approximately 2:00 p.m., the defendant stabbed the victim in the neck with a knife during an argument. The alleged crime occurred in a parking lot on Harlem Road near Wayne Terrace in the Town of Cheektowaga.

The victim, 21-year-old Bryce Hill, died at the scene. The defendant was arrested nearby a short time later.

Combs is scheduled to return on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. for a pre-trial conference. He continues to remain held without bail.

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

DA Flynn commends the Cheektowaga Police Department for their work in the investigation.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Eugene T. Partridge, III of the Homicide Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.