Cheektowaga, NY- Thomas Szcsesniak, 54, of Cheektowaga has been indicted for 2nd-degree murder in relation to the death of his upstairs tenant and friend, 54-year-old Joseph Lawrence Jr.
Szcsesniak stood before a judge this morning and plead not guilty to the murder charge. His attorney says the shooting was in self-defense. He's now being held without bail.
According to neighbors, Lawrence had only been living in Szcsesniak's home for a couple of months.
Police say the two were out at a bar on October 24th, when they returned home an argument outside escalated.
The incident allegedly ended with Szczesniak pulling a gun and shooting Lawrence.