Diamond Lewis found guilty of murder, attempted murder

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo teenager who police have called a ‘violent killer’ learned his fate Friday morning. Judge Kenneth Case delivered a verdict in the case against 19-year-old Diamond Lewis.

Lewis was charged with two counts of murder, six counts of attempted murder, and a long list of other charges after prosecutors claimed he shot eight people in four separate incidents over the course of about a year and a half.

He was declared guilty of Murder and Attempted Murder.

“This was a little reign of terror starting two years ago,” said Acting Erie County District Attorney, Michael J. Flaherty.

  • The first homicide took place on October 14, 2014. Prosecutors say Lewis shot and killed 22-year-old David Skipper, Jr. on Erb Street.
  • Then, on June 6, 2015, Alonzo Scott, 18, was shot and killed, in a shooting on Warren Street during a family picnic. The shooting also left four other people injured, including one man who was paralyzed.
  • On August 13, 2015, Lewis is accused of firing several shots at a man at the corner of Player and Kent. An 18-year-old woman was hit by a bullet.
  • On January 25, 2016, a 13-year-old girl was shot, when, according to prosecutors, Lewis fired several shots at a group of people in front of a store on Fillmore Avenue.

The next day, Lewis was arrested at ECMC, where he was being treated after being shot himself.

In March, he was indicted on nearly 20 counts.

He opted to have a judge hear his case rather than go through a jury trial.

In addition to DNA and ballistic evidence, Flaherty told News 4 witness testimony was paramount in the case.

“In this case we were fortunate that we had witnesses who were willing to explain to police what they knew and then come to court and testify. And without witness cooperation we’re not standing here today,” he said.

Lewis’ defense team said it was a hard case for both Lewis and his family.

“We were hoping that going to get some “not guilties” in the mix and that turned out not to be the case so much, but we’re certainly going to file a notice of appeal,” Defense Attorney Brian Parker said.

Lewis will be sentenced on Dec. 8.

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