Jury charges suspect with shooting Buffalo for terrorism


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Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court in Buffalo, NY on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Matt Rourke/The Associated Press

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted the 18-year-old white youth charged with fatally shooting 10 black people at a Buffalo supermarket with hate-motivated domestic terrorism and 10 counts of first-degree murder.

Payton Gendron, who has been in custody since the May 14 shooting, is due in court Thursday in Erie County Court.

The 25-count indictment also contains charges of murder and attempted murder as a hate crime and weapons possession.

Gendron had previously been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting, which also injured three people. He pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors told a judge on May 20 that the grand jury had voted to indict Gendron but were continuing to investigate.

Federal authorities are also investigating the possibility of hate crime charges against Gendron, who apparently detailed his plans and racist motivation in hundreds of pages of writings he posted online shortly before the shooting. The attack was broadcast live from a helmet-mounted camera.

Gendron drove about three hours from his home in Conklin, New York, intending to kill as many black people as possible, investigators said.

His lawyer, Brian Parker, said he had not seen the indictment and could not comment, adding that a judge had barred prosecutors and defense attorneys from discussing the case publicly. .



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