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2 Face Murder Charges in Long Island Break-in

A man was shot in the face and killed in the botched robbery in December

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    Suffolk DA

    Two Long Island men are being held without bail following their arraignments on murder and other charges stemming from a botched home invasion.

    Suffolk County prosecutors say the pair broke into an Eastport home in December. One of several men inside the house was shot in the face and killed. A second resident was shot in the hand.

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    Paul Batterson Jr. and Matthew Rooney each pleaded not guilty to murder and assault charges during separate proceedings Thursday in Suffolk County Court.

    Attorneys for the two men did not immediately return telephone calls seeking comment.

    District Attorney Thomas Spota says a shotgun believed to be the murder weapon was recovered from Battersons' parents' East Moriches house.

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