BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – A judge has scheduled two hearings in the mass murder case against a high-school dropout charged with opening fire on a crowd outside a Buffalo restaurant.
Riccardo McCray faces first- and second-degree murder charges for the deaths of four people gunned down outside Buffalo’s City Grill Aug. 14. Four others were wounded.
On Monday, an Erie County Court judge scheduled a November 5 hearing on a possible conflict of interest involving one of McCray’s lawyers. A hearing set for December 6 will involve whether McCray’s statements will be allowed in evidence at his trial, tentatively set for March.
The 23-year-old McCray has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face a sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.
McCray has been in jail since surrendering 11 days after the shooting.
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