City Grill Shooting Suspect Arraigned, Faces Life Without Parole

September 1, 2010 Updated Sep 1, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 1, 2010 Updated Sep 1, 2010 at 6:40 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -The suspect in the deadly City Grill shootings in Downtown Buffalo is now indicted on more serious charges. 23-year-old Riccardo McCray was originally charged with four counts of murder in the second degree, but an Erie County Grand Jury indicted McCray with first and second degree murder, along with attempted murder and weapons possession charges. If convicted of the crimes, McCray faces a maximum prison sentence of life without parole. McCray was arraigned this morning in front of Erie County Judge Sheila DiTullio. McCray is accused of being the gunman who shot and killed four people outside City Grill on August 14th, and attempted to kill four others.

"The evidence was presented to a grand jury and the grand jury came back with much more serious charges," said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

Monday, Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka set bail for McCray at $500,000, but Judge DiTullio noted the change in circumstances and revoked McCray's bail.

"This is a significant change in circumstances in the case and Judge DiTiullio in my opinion recognized that and set bail accordingly," added Sedita.

McCray pled not guilty to the charges against him, and following Wednesday's arraignment, McCray's attorney Terrence McKelvey, said his client maintains his innocence and denies claims that McCray fled the area following the shootings. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for September 23rd.