LOCKPORT – A Buffalo man appears headed for trial on charges of killing one man and seriously wounding another in a North Tonawanda parking lot.
Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said in Niagara County Court Wednesday that there has been no plea offer made to Dominick Cruz, and he doesn’t think there will be.
Just in case, Judge Sara Sheldon set an Aug. 29 deadline for a plea, unless Cruz wants to plead guilty as charged, which he can do anytime.
Otherwise, she scheduled jury selection for Sept. 27 and the beginning of testimony for Oct. 3 in the case of Cruz, 40, of Amherst Street, who is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Mark D. Sternin Jr., 25, of the City of Tonawanda, and with attempted murder and first-degree assault in the wounding of Tyler P. Sadauskas, 24, of Middleport.
The men were shot about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 10 in a parking lot at Manhattan and Tremont streets in North Tonawanda. Three men were seen in a car that sped away from the scene, but no one other than Cruz has been charged in the case. Cruz got away when police tried to arrest him in the Town of Tonawanda Jan. 11. He was apprehended April 1 in Lancaster, Pa., and extradited back to Niagara County, where he is being held without bail.