The 18-year-old suspect in the mass shooting at a Buffalo grocery store in New York City is expected to re-appear in court on Thursday.
Peyton Hendron is accused of killing 10 people and injuring three others last Saturday at a grocery store in a predominantly black area. Eleven of those shot were Black.
The FBI is investigating the attack as a hate crime. US President Joe Biden visited the scene on Tuesday.
Investigators are studying a racist 180-page document allegedly written by Hendron, which says the attack was aimed at terrorizing all non-white, non-Christian people and forcing them to leave the United States.
In his first appearance in court, a court-appointed lawyer, Hendron, pleaded not guilty on his behalf. The Washington Post reports that New York law gives a defendant detained after a felony arrest the right to a hearing if he is not charged quickly, usually within five days.
If the Erie County Attorney’s Office announces Thursday that the grand jury has already indicted Hendron, a hearing will not be needed. Otherwise, the judge may hear evidence to decide whether Hendron can remain in the county jail, where he has been held without bail since his arrest a few hours after the shooting.
Some information in this report was provided by the Associated Press.