Toys 'R Us Murder Suspect to Appear in Court

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 8:14 AM EDT

Town of Hamburg, NY (WKBW) - The court process begins on Friday for the Toys 'R Us regional manager who is accused of killing a fellow employee.

Bernard Grucza has a hearing set for ten in the morning in front of Judge Walter Rooth in the Town of Hamburg Justice Court on Friday.

Grucza pleaded not guilty to second degree murder on Wednesday after his arrest in connection with the stabbing death of Larry Wells.

Police say Grucza used a key to get into the Toys 'R Us store and entered the manager's office. Seven minutes later, police say he turned off the surveillance video.

Larry Wells was found stabbed to death inside the manager's office hours later.

Police have said in the past that they have DNA evidence left at the crime scene on a baseball cap. However, they will not confirm if the that DNA matches Grucza.

Captain Hamburg Trask, with the Town of Hamburg Police, also says more evidence was found after Grucza's arrest, when police and FBI searched the suspect's home.

Trask says police spoke with Grucza about the investigation because of his position as Regional Asset Protection Manager. However, after the arrest, Grucza retained a lawyer and refused to talked to police.

Officers add Grucza took a leave of absence from Toys 'R Us after Wells was killed.

From the very beginning, police believed the killing of Larry Wells was an inside job. However, they only honed in on Grucza a few weeks ago.

Police sources tell Eyewitness News that they believe Grucza went in to burglarize the store, and that he is suspected of burglarizing other Toys 'R Us stores within his district.