2 men plead not guilty in fatal shooting of NJIT student at fraternity house

Two men charged in the fatal shooting of an NJIT student during a burglary at his fraternity house have pleaded not guilty to felony murder

Nafee Cotman and Taquan Harris face murder and

Nafee Cotman and Taquan Harris face murder and robbery charges related to the death of an NJIT student in May. (Credit: Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

NEWARK - Two men charged in the fatal shooting of an NJIT student during a burglary at his fraternity house have pleaded not guilty to felony murder and other charges.

Irvington resident Nafee Cotman, 19, and Newark resident Taquan Harris, 22, 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 face murder, robbery, burglary and weapons charges.

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

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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