Perez Rejects Plea Deal In Hodnett Murder Trial

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MAYVILLE – The man accused in the murder of 16-month-old Nayla Hodentt rejected a plea deal offer in Chautauqua County Court Thursday morning.

WNYNewsNow’s Matt Hummel reports the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office offered Tyler A. “Cash” Perez, 35, a 15-year determinate sentence on a first-degree manslaughter charge.

Perez is being represented by Public Defender Ned Barone who said Perez “had no desire” to accept the plea.

Barone said he was thorough in explaining the ramifications of heading to trial.

As of 9:30 a.m. Judge M. William Boller cleared the courtroom to discuss an issue regarding a juror.

Perez was previously indicted by a Grand Jury in March.

First Assistant District Attorney Michael Flaherty is the prosecutor in this case.


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