SirWilliam R. Hardy, charged in the shooting death of his father Monday night in a tony Cheektowaga subdivision, is not cooperating with the police investigation, said Assistant Police Chief James J. Speyer Jr.
The 31-year-old man who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in 2010 faces second-degree murder charges in the death of William Hardy, 54, Speyer said.
"His father lived in California and may have been visiting," said Speyer. "There's really nothing else we know at this time. It's frustrating that he's not cooperating."
Hardy was transported to confinement at Erie County Medical Center rather than the Erie County Holding Center because of the nature of his disability, Speyer said.
He was held without bail after being arraigned by Cheektowaga Town Justice Dennis Gorski, according to police.
The shooting happened at around 11:50 p.m. Monday on Whitney Place, which runs off Towers Boulevard in the Emerald Gardens subdivision located off Losson Road.
Residents of the quiet neighborhood knew little about Hardy, but said in jest that they called his custom-built smart home the "peanut butter and jelly" house because of its tan and red exterior colors.
Hardy's home was equipped with an extensive exterior surveillance system, one neighbor said. It was listed for sale for $400,000.
He moved into the neighborhood about two years ago, according to Sandy Scheib, who lives across the street from the Hardy home.
"There was always a lot of people there," said Scheib. "There was always a lot of cars but not a lot of noise."
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Some of the people who live closest to Hardy's home said his guests drove too fast for a neighborhood where small children often played outside.
One neighbor who did not want to be identified by name said she approached Hardy about his speeding guests, and he was extremely cordial and apologetic.
Hardy's motorcycle crashed into a car that made a U-turn in front of him on Bailey Avenue near Schreck Street. Hardy was thrown at least 50 feet in the air and hit a parked car, his attorney said at the time of the settlement.
Hardy was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the accident, said his attorney, Chris O'Brien.
O'Brien said Tuesday he hasn't spoken to Hardy in about four years and he felt it would be unfair to comment in any detail.
"My thoughts and my prayers go out to his family," O'Brien said. "This is obviously a horrible thing for the whole family."
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