New trial date for man accused of killing classmates

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A new trial date has now been set for the man accused of killing two high school classmates in North Tonawanda more than 30-years ago.

Robie Drake will face his third trial on November 3. He has been convicted twice in the 1981 shooting deaths of Steven Rosenthal and Amy Smith.

But both of those convictions were overturned, one because of legal mistakes and the other because of testimony from a phony witness. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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