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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Buffalo shooter appears in federal court

Buffalo, NY ( Associated Press) – The white man who murdered 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket appeared in federal court on hate crime charges for the first time on Thursday, with a judge urging prosecutors to decide quickly whether The death penalty should be carried forward at a “substantial cost” of such cases.

In a brief hearing, Chief Justice H. Kenneth Schroeder said that Payton Gendron deserved to be represented by public defenders because of his financial condition. Responding to a series of questions from the judge, most of them only saying “yes” or “no”, Gendron testified that he had been unemployed for a year, had $16 in his bank account, had no car, and had There were two shares of stock. from Disney.

Gendron is in jail without the possibility of bail because he was arrested shortly after the May 14 attack at a Top Friendly supermarket in which three people were also injured.

He appeared in federal district court on a criminal complaint alleging that he committed 10 hate crimes that resulted in death and used a firearm to commit murder. The indictment also includes three counts of hate crimes involving bodily injury and attempted murder, and the use of a firearm to commit a violent crime.

Gendron wore an orange prison uniform, handcuffs and a black face mask that covered his scruffy beard. As the judge read out the charges, he leaned forward slightly on the chair with his head bowed.

No formal reply to the allegations was filed during the hearing.

“It’s hard to be here. It’s hard to be in court with a terrorist,” said Jeanetta Everhart, one of two dozen relatives of the victims in the courtroom. “The man who tried to kill my son shared the same space with him Watching it do it, it’s very hard.”

Everhart’s 21-year-old son, Jaire Goodman, is an employee of Topps. He was shot in the neck while helping a customer in the parking lot, but he survived.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, who met in Buffalo on Wednesday with the families of the victims, did not rule out demands for the death penalty against Gendron.


Associated Press writer Michael Hill contributed to this report from Albany, New York.

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