Man arraigned in 8-year-old case related to friend’s murder

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — After a Buffalo man’s body was found between two homes on Montana St. more than eight years ago, his friend has been accused of killing him.

Erik Donaldson, 31, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Christian Thomas.

Thomas had been missing since December 2007. He had been found shot in the face and back in April 2008.

Donaldson pleaded not guilty to the charge in court, and was committed to jail without bail. He will be back in court on July 18 for a pre-trial conference. 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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