Main St. Shootings: A look at the Legal Road Ahead

August 27, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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August 27, 2010 Updated Aug 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - The arrest of Riccardo McCray is just the beginning of what could be a long legal process.
Local Defense Attorney Barry Covert is not assigned to the McCray case but knows the system well.
He told Eyewitness News there's a lot of work to be done for both sides of the legal battle.
"There's a lot that's going to happen in this case over the next few months," Says Covert.
For the Defense:
" Immedietely they want their investigators to go out and start interviewing witnesses-- which is what law enforcement is doing-- but they would want to get their own statements-- send out investigators to look for forensic evidence-- take pictures of the crime scene, " Covert said.
The D.A.'s Office will also be very busy-- investigating every angle.
" I would imagine the prosecutor wants to interview everyone who was there to make sure there are no claims that there was another shooter-- and also to see if there were any other weapons on scene that night and if he (McCray) can claim other people were about to attack him and he was in imminent danger."
Then there's the possibility, if and when the case is brought to trial, that the Defense will ask for a change of venue-- to move the trial out of this area-- away from the intensive publicity.
"I think as a defense lawyer you want to start preparing the case now for the possibility of that occuring," Says Covert.
For the full story- click on the video link to watch our interview with Barry Covert.