Buffalo man convicted of killing grandmother, grandson

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A 26-year-old man was found guilty of two counts of murder and two counts of assault Tuesday for fatally shooting a woman and her toddler grandson and wounding two men at a family gathering outside a Buffalo home.

Kenyatta Austin was found guilty after a two-week non-jury trial in Erie County Court. Austin was charged with killing Yvette Johnson and 17-month-old Kyrie Johnson in July 2018. They were shot outside a Buffalo home after their family had just celebrated the woman's 54th birthday at a nearby park.

Two men suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds in the shooting incident.

Austin's defense team argued there was no direct evidence tying him to the murders or the crime scene. Austin was arrested in Niagara Falls the day after the shooting.

Austin faces a minimum of 64 years to life in prison when he's sentenced on March 23.