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Man charged in Grape Street double homicide waives right to a jury trial

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Posted at 6:45 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 18:45:45-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man charged in connection with the death of a toddler and a grandmother has waived his right to a jury trial.

Prosecutors say Kenyatta Austin was involved in a shooting that killed Yvette Johnson, 54, and her 17-month-old grandson Kyrie on the porch of their Grape Street home on July 2, 2018. Police along with the FBI are looking for others who were involved in the deadly shooting.

On July 26 , there was a second shooting at that same home. Two men were hospitalized. Police called it targeted, gang-related, and connected to the initial shooting.

The trial is scheduled to begin Thursday. A judge will decide Austin's fate.