BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - What's next for Riccardo McCray now that he's in the hands ofthe law?
News 4 legal analyst Terry Connors weighs in.
Question: What's going on with McCray right now downtown atpolice headquarters?
Terry: Well, he's going through a lot of different emotions,that's for sure. He's in the custody now, he's in the process. Sothe police will be trying to talk to him. His lawyer will be tryingto negotiate some safeguards before he cooperates, if he doescooperate. And basically, they'll be determining whether or not hechanges his role from a person of interest to a central role, asuspect.
Question: If you were his attorney, what would you be tellinghim right now?
Terry: You know Don, there's a lot of things that go intothat equation and it's very difficult. But first and foremost, youwant to make sure that his rights are protected, you want to makesure that he understands his entire situation, and that anyjudgment he makes is a knowing and intelligent judgment keeping inmind the repercussions down the road. You have to really beclairvoyant. You have to project down the road to see what's goingto happen. A lot of lawyers wouldn't let him talk at all. Somelawyers might let him cooperate in exchange for some reassurance,some guarantee.
Question: McCray told News 4 he was at the scene at the time ofthe shooting, but he is not the shooter. What do you think of that?
Terry: Well, let's say his status is a key person of interestbecause he's a witness, a prime witness who may have someknowledge. That would be a different role, although he's in custodyright now. He's handcuffed and he's taken on a more centralrole.
Question: Police covered his face because they may potentiallyput McCray into a police lineup. What do you make of that?
Terry: It's very standard, has to be done. The reason isthere are potential witnesses out in the community watching TV. Ifthey see the suspect on television before they go to a lineup,there's a chance that that identification in the lineup would betainted, would be influenced and inadmissible in court. Veryimportant.
Question: Lastly, why did police call McCray a "person ofinterest" and not a "suspect?"
Terry: You know, that's evolved over the years. It always wassomeone would be a "subject" or a "target." Now it's changed to"person of interest." The reason that is is it's a much moregeneral category and it covers everybody from witness right up todefendant.
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