BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An Erie County judge set bail at $500,000 for the 23-year-old man accused of killing four people and wounding four others outside downtown Buffalo’s City Grill early on Aug. 14.

Judge Michael Pietruszka set bail Monday at the request of Riccardo M. McCray’s lawyers, over the objection of prosecutors.

Prosecutor Mary Beth DePasquale said a grand jury this week will consider a multi-count first-degree murder indictment.

If convicted, McCray would face a mandatory life term with no chance of parole.

Pietruszka set the bail based on what he called his review of “the facts and circumstances” of the case.

On Wednesday, acting City Judge Jeffery E. Voelkl will conduct an evidence hearing to determine if the case should be presented to a grand jury.

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