Buffalo, NY (WBEN/AP) - The former bar manager at Molly's Pub who's accused of shoving William Sager Jr. down a flight of stairs, leading to his death, faced a new indictment Monday morning.
Jeffrey Basil pleaded not guilty to second degree murder, manslaughter, and evidence tampering, and will be held without bail until his trial in January.
Basil's attorney Joel Daniels said the influence of alcohol could play a factor in determining whether or not the incident was murder. "You're talking about an incident that happened in a tavern at two o'clock in the morning, and let's face it, almost everybody in that bar was either drunk, almost drunk, or wanting to get drunk," Daniels said.
District Attorney Frank Sedita disagreed.
"Intoxication as a defense to intentional conduct under the law applies only if the intoxication is to such an extent that it borders on mania," Sedita said. "The video surveilance alone in this case shows that's not true here."
Sager died on July 31, more than two months after suffering severe brain trauma in the fall inside Molly's Pub in Buffalo.
Basil is also accused of tampering with a video surveillance system so it couldn't be used as evidence.
Basil had been charged with attempted murder and assault before Sager died.