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Two Youths Indicted in Slayings of Two Priests

March 19, 1987

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ A grand jury on Thursday indicted two teen-agers in the robbery slayings of two Roman Catholic priests in rectories less than a mile apart, officials said.

Erie County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Vacco said Milton E. Jones, 17, and Theodore Simmons, 18, both of Buffalo, each was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree robbery, and criminal possession of a weapon.

Jones and Simmons pleaded innocent in state Supreme Court and were returned to jail without bail.

While being led through a courthouse corridor, Simmons wore a paper bag over his head with eye holes cut out.

The two are accused of stabbing to death the Rev. A. Joseph Bissonette, 55, at St. Bartholomew’s Church rectory on Feb. 24 and 12 days later killing Monsignor David P. Herlihy, 74, with a knife in the rectory of St. Matthew’s Church.

Detectives said robbery was the motive in both slayings.

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