NEWARK, N.J. — 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 also unsuccessfully sought to replace his public defender during the hearing, telling the judge that “he ain’t got my best interests at heart.”
Both men remained jailed on $1 million bail each. Besides the felony murder count, they each 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. The 23-year-old Freehold resident was killed at the Tau Kappa Epsilon house.