Molly's Pub Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Murder, Manslaughter

August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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August 25, 2014 Updated Aug 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Jeffrey Basil, the owner of Molly's Pub in Buffalo, was arraigned on new charges Monday in connection with the death Air National Guardsman Bill Sager.

The charges, which include Second Degree Murder and First Degree Manslaughter, are part of a superseding indictment handed late last week by an Erie County Grand Jury.

Basil's attorney entered an automatic plea of not guilty. He was ordered held without bail by State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang.

Basil, 36, was immediately placed in handcuffs by court deputies and taken to the Erie County Holding Center where he will remain until his January 5 trial.

Prosecutors say Basil "launched" Sager, 28, down a flight of stairs at Molly's Pub on May 11.

Sager suffered a traumatic brain injury, according to his family, a died more than two months later at ECMC.

Sager never regained consciousness following the incident.

Basil is also charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence, accused of trying to destroy the tavern's video surveillance recorder.

The recorder was recovered and video will be used at his trial, according to prosecutors.

Defense attorney Joel Daniels, who represents Basil, said everyone was drunk in the bar when the incident took place and is planning to take the case to trial.

The trial has been scheduled for January 5, 2014.

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