BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police and prosecutors have finished their investigation, witnesses are standing by to testify, and this case is ready to go to trial. Those are the words of the DA’s top homicide attorney, Colleen Curtin Gable, who unsealed indictment against the two men charged with killing Freddie Dizon at the iconic restaurant last May.
Thursday morning’s announcement that Jorge Suarez and Gregory Ramos had been indicted by an Erie County grand jury on charges they killed Freddie Dizon last May, wasn’t all that surprising.
“These individuals were known to law enforcement,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “They were suspects almost immediately thereafter.”
Both men have been in jail since the killing — although each was picked up on separate charges.
That means detectives and attorneys could take their time.
“That gave the detectives a little bit of breathing room to make sure every T was crossed and every I was dotted,” said acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty.
What was surprising about Thursday’s proceedings in county court was a request by Ramos about his attorney Joseph Terranova, who represents him in another ongoing case.
“I have a civil suit matter involving Mr. Terranova for a different case,” Ramos told the court. “So I would like to be reassigned.”
Even as Terranova was trying to explain the matter to the judge, Ramos often shook his head, sighed visibly, even rolled his eyes.
“It’s all news to me,” Terranova responded. “What I view this as, is the gentleman with strong opinions as to how his case should be handled.”
Terranova expanded on that to the media after court.
“There’s not another attorney in western New York who is handled more homicide cases than me,” Terranova said. “My concern today is that this gentleman have representation. If there’s some issue later on where he’s able to persuade another judge that I’m not the right attorney for him, that’ll happen. But for today’s purposes, his comments were totally inappropriate and certainly not screen by me previously.”
While Flaherty declined to discuss a motive for the killing, family members of both Suarez and Dizon have said a disagreement started as an allegation that Suarez was abusing a child in Dizon’s family. It then continued onto social media — including in the minutes before Dizon was killed.