BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A basement courtroom was packed Friday morning as both the defense and prosecution delivered opening statements in the quadruple murder trial of Riccardo McCray.
McCray is the suspected gunman in the mass shooting that killed four people in front of a Main Street restaurant on August 14.
Lead prosecutor James Bargnesi detailed for the jury that 10 shots were fired in 17 seconds. He said there would be no murder weapon entered into evidence because none was ever found.
Bargnesi explained that surveillance video would be shown from the scene as it unfolded outside City Grill Restaurant. He said that this will be a simple case.
Defense attorney Joseph Terranova disputed that claim, and said this will be far from a simple case. Terranova said that the prosecution will offer witness testimony from people who have a criminal past, and that he will chip away at the credibility of those witnesses.
Security is tight for this trial, and emotions are expected to run high. There was visible sobbing and crying from some people in the courtroom, as they relived the memory of that violent summer night.
The jury in place is made up of four women and eight men. All of them white. Some in the legal community have said this will impact the outcome of the trial.
Channel 7 spoke with legal expert Barry Covert, who is not involved with the case. He said jurors' race would not affect this case. The jurors will decide based on the facts.
"Why would you think that they would side with the victim over the defendant simply because of the ethnicity of one or the other," Covert said.
Others, including McCray's former attorney Terrence McKelvey, said an all white jury is unacceptable.
"It's reprehensible that in a city of over 100,000 black people, in any major trial like that, that we sit there with a jury that is all white," McKelvey said.
This jury will ultimately decide if McCray is responsible for the August 14 shooting of eight people, four who later died.
Channel 7's John Borsa will be in the courtroom and have all the details on Eyewitness News at 5:00 & 6:00.