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Bernard T. “Bernie” Grucza, the accused killer of the Hamburg Toys R Us assistant manager, will be arraigned Monday on murder charges before State Supreme Courst Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Grucza, 38, a regional loss prevention manager for the toy store chain, was indicted last month by an Erie County grand jury and is being held without bail at the Erie County Holding Center.

He is charged in the stabbing of Laurence C. “Larry” Wells II on the morning of June 29 in the store at 3464 McKinley Parkway where they both worked, before the store opened.

The Oct. 21 indictment came a few days after he was arrested in the slaying.

Grucza allegedly used a key to gain access to the building at McKinley and Milestrip Road with what police believed was the intention to steal either cash or merchandise. He bumped into Wells and ended up fatally stabbing him, according to police.