- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Jurors are scheduled to hear opening statements in the murder trial of a former Buffalo bar manager accused of shoving a patron down a flight of stairs.

Lawyers finished selecting the state Supreme Court jury for Jeffrey Basil’s trial Wednesday and are set to begin arguing the case on Thursday.

The former manager of Mollys Pub is charged in the death of 28-year-old William Sager Jr. The New York Air National Guard crew chief died in July, more than two months after sustaining a brain injury in the fall inside the now-closed bar.

Basil is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and tampering with a video surveillance system so it couldn’t be used as evidence.

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