Case Number: 454

Cuman, David M., 45 years old, of Buffalo, N.Y., killed by blows with fist, 308 Clark St. by Sherman Bell, a waiter in restaurant at above number, with whom he had a quarrel. Bell was arrested. 2d Prect. Held by coroner's jury July 30, 1906. Stricken off in Judge Kersten's court, Nov. 30, 1906.


Date of Offense July 28, 1906
Date of Death July 28, 1906
Address 308 Clark St.
Type of Location Place of business
Location Description Restaurant, 308 Clark St.
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Method of Killing Other beating
Weapon killed by blows with fist
Motive quarrel
Description Dispute over money or property, quarrel
Total Number of Victims 1
Location Restaurant, 308 Clark St.
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Business Restaurant, food kitchen, other public eating place, hotel public place


Name Cumar, David
Age 45 years
Gender Male
Race White
Ethnicity Other, european


Name Bell, Sherman
Gender Male
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, skilled (butcher, electrician, cab drivers, street car, etc.)
Killed While Protecting Person Protecting self
Occupation/ Skill Store worker, bar tender


Precinct 2
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision July 30, 1906
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Kersten
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner's verdict only
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence November 30, 1906
Number of Times Case Stricken Off 1
Outcome of Trial Stricken off