BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A pre-trial hearing for Bernard Grucza, the man accused of killing a Toys R Us assistant manager inside the Hamburg store, was adjourned Tuesday as both sides consider a plea deal.
After months of intense searching, law enforcement agencies narrowed in on Grucza, who was a co-worker of Larry Wells. Wells, a beloved assistant manager at the store, was brutally stabbed to death inside his office. He left behind a daughter and a wife who was pregnant with the couple’s second child.
Police say as regional asset protection manager in charge of loss prevention, Grucza was at the scene of the crime after Wells’ body was discovered, hugging employees in the parking lot and offering any help he can provide to authorities. But though detectives say Grucza was not initially a suspect, they believed the murder was an inside job from the start because the surveillance system was turned off after the assailant went into Wells’ office.
News 4 has learned DNA was used to connect Grucza to the murder. He is due back in court on April 7.
Sources tell News 4 that both the prosecution and defense are considering possible plea deals, but the details are not being made public.