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LOCKPORT - When a team of U.S. marshals entered a Niagara Falls motel room May 28 to arrest attempted murder suspect Cordarise M. Houston, he was waiting for them in a way that prevented trouble, a team member testified Monday in Niagara County Court.

Deputy Joseph Shanley testified in a pretrial hearing that he obtained a key card for Houston’s room from the clerk at the Motel 6, 9100 Niagara Falls Blvd. Stanley said he had followed a car driven by Houston’s wife Marguerita Houston from her Amherst workplace to her home on 70th Street in Niagara Falls and from there to a 7-Eleven store and then to the motel.

When the four marshals were outside the room and one slid the card into the lock, as soon as the lock clicked, Houston said, “I’m on my knees. I have my hands behind my head.” The officers entered the room and found it was just as Houston had said.

Houston is charged with shooting John Petty, 24, seven times May 26 in an apartment on Cudaback Avenue in the Falls. His wife, who was arrested as she hid behind a door in the Motel 6 laundry room, was charged with hindering prosecution.