CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) - Lawyers have put a halt to police plans to release the contents of potentially damning conversations between three western New York teachers and a teenage murder suspect.
Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack had called a news conference Thursday to disclose the contents of phone calls between the high school teachers and 18-year-old student Dontre Jones, who was jailed and awaiting trial at the time.
But Zack says the town was threatened with civil action shortly before the news conference, so the release has been postponed. He declined to say who made the threat.
Authorities say no laws were broken, but that the teachers' conversations interfered with the police investigation into the fatal 2011 shooting Jones was convicted of committing.
Jones is scheduled to be sentenced for manslaughter on Monday.