Off-Duty BPD at Molly’s Testify in Court

May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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May 23, 2014 Updated May 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) Two off-duty Buffalo Police Officers who were at Molly’s Pub the night William Sager was allegedly pushed down the stairs by bar manager, Jeffrey Basil testified today.

During a felony hearing at Buffalo City Cout for Jeffrey Basil, Buffalo Police Officer Robert Eloff and Adam O’Shei took the stand.

Eloff refused to answer any questions, claiming it would violate his fifth amendment rights.

O’Shei testified that he saw 35-year-old Jeffrey Basil drinking heavily the night of the assault. According to O’Shei, Basil had been drinking Crown Royal all night, mixed with the anti-anxiety medication Xanax. O’Shei said Basil told him he had been on a “24 hour bender.”

During the testimony, O’Shei went on to say that he saw Basil push William Sager down a flight of stairs with two hands. O’Shei said the push was so forceful, Sager missed nine stairs and went straight to the ground below.

It is unclear whether or not sager was drunk that night, but defense attorney Daniels brought out statements that O’Shei made the night of the assault saying Sager was intoxicated and appeared to be causing trouble. O’Shei did dispute those previous comments today.

Defense attorney Joel Daniels was looking for charges to be dropped to second-degree assault, but Judge Fiorella stayed with the original first degree assault charge.

Basil is being held on $250,000 bail. His case will now go to a Grand Jury.