BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Police say Matthew Kuzdzal murdered his girlfriend's 5-year-old son. But in court on Tuesday, Kuzdzal's attorney says it was all an awful accident.
In court, the defense waived the right for a felony hearing, which would have disclosed some of the evidence. Instead the case will move on to a grand jury, which will hear evidence that Kuzdzal viciously beat and killed little Eain Brooks.
Attorney Robert Cutting says police took statements from Kuzdzal, but insists there was no confession from his client. Since the arrest, Cutting says Kuzdzal has "calmed down" but is aware and concerned about what he faces.
"I can't obviously divulge private confidential conversations but I can say this for the record: I think this case has been blown out of proportion. I think it could best be described as a tragic accident, not an intentional killing, and I think my client is heartbroken over the loss of a child that he regarded as his own son," Cutting said.
The District Attorney's Office did not want to comment on the case.
Kuzdzal remains locked up without bail. As his trial proceeds, Erie County Child Protective Services has launched an investigation into claims the agency failed to take action in this case.
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