Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces 21-year-old Jamin Haygood of Buffalo was arraigned this afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes on an indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second Degree (Class “A-I” felony), one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony) and one count of Intimidating a Victim or a Witness in the Third Degree (Class “E” felony).

It is alleged that on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the defendant shot the victim in the head with an illegal handgun inside of an apartment building on the 2400 block of Delaware Avenue in the City of Buffalo. The victim, 51-year-old Jacquette Holley, died at the scene.   

It is further alleged that the defendant intimidated a witness to the homicide in an attempt to prevent the witness from divulging information to law enforcement.

Haygood was held without bail. A return court date has not been scheduled at this time.

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

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad 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.

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