Two charged with murder of Salamanca man

The body of Chad Skoken, of Salamanca, was found by Salamanca police Monday morning in this garage at 37 Waite Ave. Jeremiah DesJarlais and Derrick Marsh, both Waite Avenue residents, were charged with murder and held in city jail.

SALAMANCA — Two Salamanca residents have been charged with second-degree murder of a Salamanca man following the discovery of the body Monday morning.

Chad Skoken, of Salamanca, was found dead by police at 11:55 a.m. Jan. 13 in the garage at 37 Waite Ave. following an investigation by the Salamanca Police Department, Captain Jamie Deck said Tuesday.

Jeremiah DesJarlais, 35, and Derrick Marsh, 31, both Waite Avenue residents, were later arrested by police.

Deck said Skoken’s body showed signs that there had been an altercation between the three men, but declined to go into further detail.

The connection between DesJarlais, Marsh and Skoken was unknown as of press time Tuesday, Deck said.

According to Deck, one of the suspects was taken into custody immediately after police found the deceased. The other was taken in about five hours later, he said.

The investigation led police to believe the altercation had taken place about 24 hours before Skoken was found Monday morning, Deck said.

According to Cattaraugus County property records, Angeline DesJarlais, of 37 Waite Ave., owns the property.

DesJarlais and Marsh were being held in the Salamanca city jail Tuesday while waiting for arraignment.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

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