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Buffalo mass shooting suspect's defense seeks gag order to silence D.A. John Flynn

I-Team obtains copy of the motion filed Friday
Posted at 3:12 PM, May 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-25 17:09:52-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — In a hearing Wednesday that lasted nearly 40 minutes, the defense attorneys for Payton Gendron sought a gag order to silence District Attorney John Flynn.

Gendron is accused of killing 10 people at a Tops Friendly Markets in what authorities are calling a racially motivated crime.

The 7 News I-Team obtained a copy of the motion, detailing the defense team's argument for restraining Flynn. Read it here:

Gendron Defense Motion by Sean Mickey on Scribd

The defense argues that comments made by Flynn to the media were "prejudicial."

The Hon. Craig D. Hannah is reserving judgment on the motion, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. However, a temporary gag order will remain in place until the judge makes a ruling on the motion.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office said they can not provide any more information on the case.