Rochester man charged with murder

Updated: 02/20/2014 10:09 AM
Created: 02/20/2014 8:16 AM WHEC.com

Rochester Police have arrested a 23-year-old Rochester man for first-degree murder.

Officers say Donkavius Howard shot and killed 35-year-old Demetric Tatum on Clay Avenue earlier this month.

According to court paperwork, Howard was paid money by an uncharged co-conspirator to kill Tatum. The documents say Tatum was killed in front of his two small children. The paperwork says that Tatum was a victim of a previous shooting and was cooperating with police. Investigators believe he was killed to prevent his testimony in that case.

Howard pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. He is currently being held in the Monroe County Jail without bail. He is due back in court on February 25.

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