Jury Finds Riccardo McCray Guilty After Long Day In Court

March 31, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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    { FOR LAKAMP STORY } Accused City Grill shooter Riccardo M. McCray listens as his attorney makes his closing argument in his trial at Erie County Court, Thursday, March 31, 2011. {Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News}


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March 31, 2011 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 6:08 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The panel of eight men and four women found Riccardo McCray guilty of three counts of first degree murder in a shooting spree outside the City Grill Restaurant in Buffalo last summer.

The jury deliberated into the night Thursday before reaching a decision just after 10p.m.
The verdict came after a long day in court for the jury.

During closing arguments Thursday, the jury watched the final moments of victim Danyell Mackin's life.

In the video, captured by a NFTA surveillance camera mounted on the Seneca Street Metro Rail station, Mackin can be seen lying in the street.

Seconds later, a person can be seen walking past him and appears to fire a shot in Mackin's back.

Mackin, who was celebrating his one year wedding anniversary at City Grill, then stands up, stumbles across the street and collapses in his cousin's arms.

"Down he goes in the arms of his cousin never to get up again," said prosecutor James Bargnesi.

He died seconds later.

"We watch Danyell Mackin die before our eyes," Bargnesi told the jury during his closing arguments.

"Simple, disgusting and senseless reality of this case is that this defendant is that one man who in has callousness and savagery in those 17 seconds maniacally ran and fired as he went from one side of Main Street to the other," Bargnesi said.

Five eyewitnesses testified that they saw McCray either holding a gun or shooting it on the night of August 14.

Joseph Terranova, McCray's defense attorney, told the jurors that none of the witnesses could be trusted.

"This case is one finagler after another," said Terranova. "These people are trying to benefit for themselves."

"You know in everyday life you can't trust that," Terranova told the jury. "And you shouldn't trust that in this case."

McCray, 24, is facing one count of second-degree murder for the killing of Mackin, 30, and three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of Willie McCaa, 26; Tiffany Wilhite, 32; and Shawntia McNeil, 27.

McCray faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Eyewitness News will have the latest on the guilty verdict and reaction to the trial.