Merge Shooter Admits to Act, Pleads Not Resposible By Reason of Mental Disease

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM EDT

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Merge Shooter Admits to Act, Pleads Not Resposible By Reason of Mental Disease

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 6:10 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The man accused of shooting a co-worker at Merge Restaurant in Buffalo back in 2010 admitted to the act in court Tuesday.

Ernesto Arechavaleta-Taureaux admitted to killing 19-year-old Ricky Costner Jr. to death at the Delaware Avenue restaurant in January of 2010.

Though admitting to shooting Costner Jr, Arechavaleta-Taureaux pleaded not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect.

A State Supreme Court Justice accepted his plea and ordered him to evaluations conducted by the state mental health commissioner at a state psychiatric facility.