BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Shane Stevenson is facing one count of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.
“We don’t often have murder first indictments,” said Colleen Curtin Gable, the Chief of the Homicide Bureau for the District Attorney’s office who is leading the prosecution.
That charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole and shows an intentional homicide for two people in the same act. Stevenson is accused of killing his girlfriend, Raina Voll, and her 7-year-old son, Leo Klinger, in their Cheektowaga house last month.
“Any case involving a child is emotional,” said the prosecutor.
Emotions were running high in the courtroom as Voll’s family members filled the first few rows of seats hearing the charges read aloud.
“I’m sure they’re grieving and in shock; angry like any family would be,” said Curtin Gable. “I don’t know for sure but they probably have a confluence of emotion.”
Responding police have described this case as traumatic. Officers found the two victims following investigation that began earlier in the day on September 15, when Voll’s other child, a two-year-old, was found abandoned in a stroller near a church.
The prosecutor says their evidence includes a video with a statement Stevenson made as well as what was found when police executed a search warrant.
“It’s my job to prosecute these cases but when there’s a child and a young mother, it’s a slightly different case.”
Stevenson’s attorney, John Gilmour, couldn’t be reached for comment. He has requested a mental health evaluation be completed on his client. Stevenson is set to be back in court December 19th. He remains in prison without bail.