Second suspect in fatal Seton Hall shooting pleads not guilty

NEWARK - The second suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a Seton Hall University student at a party last month has pleaded not guilty in court today.

Marcus Bascus was arrested in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sept. 29, several days after the shooting in East Orange. The alleged gunman, Nicholas Welch, was arrested two days before.

Authorities say Welch returned with a gun and opened fire after he was refused admittance to the party. Jessica Moore, a 19-year-old Seton Hall sophomore, was shot and killed at the Sept. 25 off-campus party on South Clinton Street. Four others were injured in the shooting.

Police allege Bascus provided the gun used by Welch. An attorney for Bascus argues that his client did not provide the weapon and has nothing to do with the case.

Both suspects are being held on $2 million bail.

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AP wire services contributed to this report.

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