NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls man with a history of gun violence was arraigned Wednesday in Niagara Falls City Court on attempted murder charges, accused of shooting a man seven times in the stomach in the victim’s Cudaback Avenue home early Sunday.
Cordarise M. Houston, 23, of 70th Street, fled the scene after the shooting and was located at 3 p.m. Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force reportedly “hiding out” in a motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard.
At his arraignment, Houston entered a plea of not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and was sent to Niagara County Jail. A preliminary hearing was set for Monday.
Niagara Falls detectives are still trying to determine a motive.
John Petty, 24, was shot in his home at 1957 Cudaback at 12:40 a.m. Sunday.
He was rushed to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center’s emergency room and then transferred to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo where he underwent surgery and remained in critical condition Wednesday.
Houston has a history of gun violence, which dates to 2005 when as a 15-year-old he was charged as an adult in the shooting of an 18-year-old in the chest outside a Highland Avenue club.
He also admitted he shot a man during a home invasion on Linwood Avenue in 2006.
In 2007 he was named as the gunman in a $1,200 armed robbery of a couple in a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel. He and another man entered the motel room with a shotgun. The male victim told police he had ordered marijuana from Houston’s unidentified accomplice.
In a plea bargain in Niagara County Court on March 23, 2007, Houston admitted to his role in the shooting in the home invasion. In an earlier plea, he had claimed to be just a lookout.
He pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, and pleas in the other cases were dismissed.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2007.