The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the second-degree murder conviction of Tyrome L. Elder in the Nov. 7, 2009, handgun slaying of a Buffalo man.
Elder, 27, of Weston Avenue, Niagara Falls, is serving a sentence of 32 years to life for the shooting of Jacobi L. Lovett, 36, of Stanislaus Street, Buffalo. Lovett was shot in the left thigh as he sat in a green Jaguar on Niagara Avenue in the Falls in what police said was a robbery attempt. The bullet struck Lovett’s femoral artery, and he bled to death.
A Niagara County Court jury convicted Elder of murder and weapons charges in a March 2011 trial, but another jury acquitted a co-defendant, Earl McCoy of Rochester, three months later.
In a two-page ruling, the five-judge appeals court shot down every claim of error made by Elder against the trial judge, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.