Three Cheektowaga Teachers Accused of Interfering With Murder Investigation

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CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. -- Three teachers in the Cheektowaga Central School District are under investigation, accused by police of interfering with a murder investigation.

The three teachers, who have not been named, had "inappropriate conversations" with Dontre Jones, who was accused of murdering Ira Watkins in May 2011 at the Cheektowaga Town Park, according to police.

Jones was found guilty of manslaughter but not guilty of second degree murder.

Police Chief David Zack said the phone conversations happened between Jones and the teachers while Jones was at the Erie County Holding Center awaiting trial.

Zack described the conversations as "mindblowing" and "disgusting." He added that "there's no question those conversations directly interfered with our investigation."

While the teachers cannot be charged criminally, according to Zack, they are under investigation by the school district.

Superintendent Dennis Kane confirmed to 2 On Your Side that they are under investigation, but he could not comment further, because it's an ongoing investigation and involves personnel matters.

Chief Zack says Jones was a former student of the three teachers in question.

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on the manslaughter conviction next Monday. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

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