The man accused of murdering his girlfriend and her 7-year-old son in their Cheektowaga home in September was ordered held without bail after his arraignment in State Supreme Court Wednesday morning.
Shane Stevenson, 31, pleaded not guilty to one count of first degree murder and two counts of murder in the second degree. Stevenson is charged with killing Raina Voll, 30, and her older son, Leo Klinger, on Sept. 15 in their apartment at 1331 French Road. Voll's other son, Stephen, who is 2 years old, was found alive in his stroller by a passer-by at a nearby church.
Family members of the victims sat stoically in the courtroom as Stevenson -- slightly built, haggard and limping -- shuffled from the holding area to his place before the judge.
Justice Russell P. Buscaglia granted a request by Stevenson's court-appointed attorney John Gilmour that the defendant undergo a forensic examination to determine if he is competent to stand trial. That is not the same as a psychiatric exam on a person's mindset at the time a crime is committed. It means only that the defendant understands the charges against him and can participate in his own defense.
Colleen Curtin Gable, head of the District Attorney's Homicide Bureau, is prosecuting the case. She said that the charge of first degree murder carries with it a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without parole.