- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A 25-year-old Syracuse man accused of killing a pizza shop owner during a robbery last fall is to be arraigned this morning in county court.

Eric Woody was indicted earlier this month on first- and second-degree murder charges, and criminal possession of a weapon. He faces a rare first-degree murder charge because the killing happened during a robbery.

Woody is accused in the Oct. 1 shooting death of the owner of Sabatino’s Pizza and Deli on the crime-ridden south side of the city. Police say the victim attempted to reason with Woody before he was shot.

Woody is believed to be a member of the Bloods gang, but police say the murder does not appear to be gang-related.

The robbery was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

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