Some incriminating testimony has landed a Niagara Street man in jail after being charged Thursday afternoon by the county Drug Task Force.

Curtis E. Hunter, 20, 264 Niagara St., lower, was charged by detectives with third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny after they said court testimony he gave in a related case implicated Hunter in the crime itself.

Hunter testified last month in the trial of Coco Spencer, a Lockport woman convicted in Niagara County Court on robbery charges after task force agents said she stole $40 from an informant during an undercover sting. Spencer was also charged with taking a body wire from the informant and breaking it with a hammer. Hunter took the stand in Spencer’s defense, telling jurors he was the one that took the wire and broke it.

That was enough for Detective Kevin Newman, who said Spencer’s acquittal on the charges left open the door for Hunter’s arrest.

The testimony makes for something of an open-and-shut case, according to Newman.

“I don’t think it gets much better than that,” he said. “He took to the stand and freely admitted it was him.”

Newman said the criminal mischief charge relates to breaking the wire, while the grand larceny charge is for allegedly taking it from the informant. The wire was worth $2,995, reports said. Hunter was apprehended at a scheduled meeting with his probation officer after police drew up the warrant.

Spencer’s defense attorney in the case, Earl Key, declined to comment. He, not prosecutors, called Hunter to the stand during Spencer’s trial.

Contact Eric DuVall at 439-9222, Ext. 6251.

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