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Mass shooting attorneys working to ensure a fair trial

The face of Payton Gendron, wearing a white face mask.
Payton Gendron, 18, has been charged in Buffalo's May 14 mass shooting at the Jefferson Avenue Tops supermarket.

Attorneys representing the 18-year-old Binghamton-area man accused of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of 10 people and the wounding of three others at the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue are working toward a fair trial for their client.

Defense attorneys have filed a motion asking Buffalo City Court Chief Judge Craig Hannah to bar Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, the prosecutor in the case, from making public statements about the case outside of court.

The defense attorneys, led by Brian Parker, cited two statements Flynn made in the days following the May 14 mass killing that they say could impair their client's right to a fair trial.

In court arguments on the motion Wednesday, Flynn asked Judge Hannah to deny the defense motion.