- Associated Press - Monday, October 17, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two men charged in the fatal shooting of a New Jersey college student during a burglary at his fraternity house have pleaded not guilty to felony murder and other charges.

Nineteen-year-old Irvington resident Nafee Cotman and 22-year-old Newark resident Taquan Harris entered their pleas during a court hearing Monday. Harris unsuccessfully sought to replace his public defender during the hearing, telling the judge “he ain’t got my best interests at heart.”

The men remained jailed on $1 million bail each. They also face murder, robbery, burglary and weapons charges.

The charges against them stem from the May 2 death of New Jersey Institute of Technology student Joseph Micalizzi, a 23-year-old Freehold resident killed at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house. Micalizzi was a mechanical engineering major.

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