BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 13 jurors have been sworn-in to serve on the jury in the Riccardo McCray murder trial.
Six men were selected on Wednesday. On Tuesday, four women and three men were seated on the 16-member panel.
Of the 13 jurors who have already been picked, one is an alternate. Three additional alternates are expected to be selected on Thursday.
"In my experience, that is exceedingly fast for a high-profile, very contentious trial," said defense attorney Barry Covert, who is not involved in the case.
Opening statements will most likely begin Friday morning.
Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio will permit cameras in the courtroom for both opening and closing statements.
The prosecution's list of potential witnesses includes nearly 100 people. Roughly 40 names on the list are members of law enforcement.
Judge DiTullio told potential jurors that testimony is expected to last until April 6.
McCray, 23, faces nine counts including first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder in connection with the August 14 mass shooting outside City Grill Restaurant.
Eight people were shot, four of them died from their injuries.