City Grill Suspect Pleads 'Not Guilty'

August 26, 2010 Updated Aug 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

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August 26, 2010 Updated Aug 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 23-year-old Riccardo McCray appeared in Buffalo City Court Thursday morning with hands and feet shackled, wearing the same shorts and red t-shirt he had on when he surrendered to police Wednesday.

McCray's attorney Terrence McKelvey entered four 'not guilty' pleas on his client's behalf; one for each of the four counts of second degree murder. City Court Judge Jeffrey Voelkl ordered McCray held without bail.

Family and friends of the victims poured into the court room Thursday morning to watch the accused stand before a judge. Security was tight inside the courtroom with at least a dozen court deputies forming a human wall between the judge's bench and the courtroom gallery.

McCray was charged with four counts of second-degree murder Wednesday just hours after he turned himself in to authorities. Police say they believe he is the man responsible for the mass shooting outside the City Grill nearly two weeks ago that killed four and wounded four more.

The case will next head to an Erie County Grand Jury, where the District Attorneys Office says they could file more charges.

Buffalo Police say their investigation is on-going, and they continue to ask the media to refrain from publishing McCray's photograph as they are hoping witnesses will come forward and indentify him.