BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two teen-agers, including one who had sought counseling from his alleged victims, were under arrest today on murder charges in the stabbing deaths and robberies of two inner-city Roman Catholic priests, police said today.
Police Commissioner Ralph Degenhart said Milton Jones, 17, and Theodore Simmons, 18, were charged with second-degree murder, robbery and possession of a weapon in the slayings of Father Joseph Bissonette, 54, and Msgr. David Herlihy, 75.
He said robbery was the motive in the slayings of the priests, who had been tied to chairs, beaten and stabbed.
Degenhart said Jones was arrested late Sunday night at a Buffalo residence and Simmons was picked up by police today in San Diego, Calif.