BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - After 49 witnesses and seven days of testimony, the prosecution rested Tuesday afternoon in the murder trial of Riccardo McCray.
The 24-year-old Buffalo man is the suspected gunman in the City Grill mass shooting, which left four people dead and four others wounded on August 14.
After submitting a motion to dismiss, which was denied by Erie County Court Judge Sheila DiTullio, attorney Joseph Terranova told the court the defense would present no witnesses and rested his case.
The judge will permit cameras in the courtroom for closing statements, which are scheduled to be delivered on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Judge DiTullio told jurors to bring an overnight bag with a change of clothes and toiletries, just in case she decides to sequester jurors during their deliberations.
The prosecution asked the judge to dismiss one of the nine counts McCray is facing.
Since the people provided no evidence regarding injuries suffered by wounded City Grill victim Tillman Ward, lead prosecutor James Bargnesi asked the court to drop the first-degree attempted murder charge relating to Ward's injuries.
The judge granted the request.
Ward was expected to testify against McCray in exchange for favorable treatment in the handling of a felony charge he is currently facing, but Ward never appeared as a prosecution witness.
McCray, 24, is facing life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of three counts of first-degree murder. He is also facing one count of second-degree murder, three counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
A jury of four women and eight men will decide McCray's fate.