Toys R Us Murder Suspect Arraigned, Denied Bail

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM EDT

By WKBW News

November 18, 2013 Updated Nov 18, 2013 at 3:06 PM EDT

Buffalo (WKBW)

Toys R Us murder suspect Bernard Grucza stood before Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang this morning. Grucza was arraigned at 9:30 A.M. for the brutal stabbing of Toys R Us manager Larry Wells.

Just last month, a grand jury indicted the 38-year-old regional manager with murder in the second degree. 

The court process for Grucza started nearly one month ago. He pleaded not guilty at the beginning of October after his arrest in the death of Wells. When the investigation originally kicked off, Grucza was a person of contact because of his status as the regional manager of the toy chain.

A hat worn by the knife-wielding suspect in the video was analyzed for DNA, but no match was found. Grainy surveillance video showed a man holding a knife entering the office, making it difficult to identify a suspect.

But police said the evidence stacked up against Grucza, leading to his arrest at the home of an acquantaintance in Olean.

If convicted, Grucza faces 25-years to life in prison.


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