- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to murder in connection with a double homicide at an after-hours warehouse party last year.

Prosecutors say 18-year-old Quincy Franklin fired a handgun at the Dec. 27 party after a dispute broke out, killing 24-year-old Fernando Irby.

Franklin pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges Thursday in Paterson. He has been ordered held on $1.2 million bail. The case has been referred to a grand jury for an indictment.

Franklin and 30-year-old Jaquan Harrison are charged with murder in Irby’s death. The Paterson men have not been charged in the death of 26-year-old Kashif Belfield, who was also killed.

Harrison has also pleaded not guilty to murder and weapons charges. He is being held on $1 million bail.

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