Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Eastport Home Invasion Homicide; Arraignment Set for Tomorrow in Riverhead
Published on January 29, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
Paul Batterson, Jr. was arrested ten days ago and charged with murder in the second degree.
(Long Island, NY) A 22-year-old East Moriches man charged in a fatal shooting during an Eastport home invasion in December is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow January 30, 2014 on a grand jury indictment, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
The indictment of Paul Batterson, Jr. will be unsealed by Judge Richard Ambro in Riverhead.
The court calendar will be called at 9:30 am.
Batterson was arrested ten days ago and charged with murder in the second degree.
He and another person still being sought entered the house around 3:30 in the morning on December 8 and announced a robbery.
Batterson allegedly shot Francisco Pirir, 45, in the face, killing him.
UPDATE January 30, 2014 4:44PM: A second suspect and co-defendant was scheduled to be arraigned this afternoon at 2PM. The defendant, accompanied by a defense attorney, surrendered this morning at the courthouse.
Batterson was remanded to the county jail at his arraignment in Riverhead this morning, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. He pleaded not guilty to a four count indictment charging him with two counts of murder in the second degree and two counts of assault in the first degree.
District Attorney Spota said Batterson and his accomplice broke into a house on East Moriches Boulevard in Eastport early on the morning of December 8. The victim, identified in the indictment as Francisco Pirir-Canel, was shot in the face by Batterson, police said. Another man, one of seven occupants living at 142 East Moriches Boulevard, was shot in the hand. Pirir-Canel was 45 years year old and worked as a landscaper, police said.
District Attorney Spota said a shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered from Battersons’ parents’ house, where the defendant lived, during the execution of a search warrant. Batterson will return to court on February 28.