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Bail set at $500,000 in Niagara Falls stabbing of 4

LOCKPORT - Bail was set at $500,000 Friday for Eddie A. Mayo Jr., the man accused of stabbing four people in a Niagara Falls bar brawl March 26.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Mayo has "a lengthy and very impressive criminal record," as he set the bail figure at Mayo's arraignment. Mayo pleaded not guilty to four felonies and a misdemeanor.

The stabbings occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in the Tap Room on Third Street in the Falls. Two 25-year-old men and two women, ages 21 and 23, were attacked.

Niagara County Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the incident was recorded on a surveillance videotape.

A grand jury decided two of the victims had more serious injuries than the others, so Mayo was indicted on two counts each of first-degree assault and second-degree assault. He also faces one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Kloch set a pretrial conference for July 6 and a trial date of Oct. 2.

Mayo, 35, of Willow Avenue in the Falls, killed a man in Orange County, Fla., in 2009. Hoffmann said Mayo stabbed a man at a party.

However, his manslaughter conviction and resulting 14-year prison sentence were overturned in 2015 by an appeals court because of Florida's "stand-your-ground" self-defense law.

At the time, the law did not have an exception barring the use of deadly force by someone who was threatened but was also breaking another law at the time of the incident. The appeals court said Mayo was trespassing at the time of the killing.

Mayo also was convicted of criminal possession of a loaded gun in the Bronx in 2003, Hoffmann said.

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