DA: No Bail For Man Who Shot Victim In Face During 'Brutal' Home Invasion

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the murder on Thursday.

Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Department
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Department
An East Moriches man charged in the "brutal" December shooting of an Eastport man was held without bail at his arraignment before Judge Richard Ambro at Suffolk County Criminal Court on Thursday.

According to Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota, Paul Batterson, 22, was charged with the two counts of murder in the second degree, a felony, for the shooting death of Francisco Pirir-Canel, 45, on Dec. 8. According to the indictment, which was unsealed Thursday, he was also charged with two counts of assault in the first degree, a felony.

Suffolk County Senior Assistant District Attorney Laura Newcombe said Batterson and a co-defendant were yelling outside the home, and then proceeded to shoot out the windows and door, before kicking in the door of the residence and demanding money during the incident, which occurred at 3:24 a.m. on East Moriches Boulevard.

"When the victim said he had no money and was going to call the police, the defendant shot him in the face, killing him instantly," Newcombe said.

A second victim was struck in the hand during the home invasion, the ADA said.

The masked defendants then fled the scene, she said.

According to Newcombe, Batterson made admissions to others about his role in the crime; a search warrant of his home also uncovered the murder weapon and other evidence, she said. The ADA asked that Batterson be held without bail.

Batterson's attorney, Edward Burke Jr., said that his client wished to plead not guilty and asked that bail be considered, based on that fact that his client lives with his parents near the court and works as a carpenter and window washer, with no prior convictions. Batterson, Burke said, has the support of his family, many of whom were present in the courtroom.

Burke also said his client would wear a monitoring device such as an ankle bracelet and would be present for all court appearances.

"He knows the gravity of the situation," he said.

Due to the "brutal" nature of the crime, Ambro ordered that Batterson be held without bail.

"My client firmly denies any involvement," Burke said. He added that he and his client looked forward to the discovery phase of proceedings.

Outside the courtroom, Batterson's parents, surrounded by family and friends, left, heads down, his mother wiping away tears. They declined when asked to comment.

A conference date was set for Feb. 28.


Archie Bunker January 30, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Its very unsettling to constantly hear about senseless acts of violence. School shootings, home invasions (robbery), pharmacy murders, Drunks that kill innocents, etc. Its seems society is getting more and more violent. It's clear to me that not enough is being done to deter this. I read a report at vera.org about the ave cost to incarcerate someone for a year in NYS - a little over $60,000! There was just an article in Newsday about the family of a crimnal who spent 25 years in prison and was put to death- they were outraged that is took 20 mins to die and appeared painful. What about the pregnant woman he raped and murder, his victim? These people should be summarily put to death. 25 years at a cost of 60k a year. This guy who broke into someone's home and killed them? To deter them we clearly need to be more aggressive. This piece of garbage who shot this person in the face should be fried.
Patchogue Snoop January 31, 2014 at 06:50 AM
Yeah, to hell with due process! Fry him and his unknown accomplice! Really? Much of the crime here in Suffolk is drug related by kids addicted to Heroin and Meth. All Heroin is moved over the Mexican border. You know the one Obama has effectively closed. Due to PC policia turn the other way when they see "immigrants" selling it on the streets.If they are arrested they are returned tot he streets and no longer deported as per Obama new edict. Illegal of course but he doesn't care, it's his country, not yours.
Archie Bunker January 31, 2014 at 09:22 AM
It's not everyone else's fault, not Obama's, not Mexico. It's the idiot who CHOOSES to sniff or put the needle in his arm and continues to do it.
Patchogue Snoop February 01, 2014 at 10:34 AM
You mean dopey innocent kid who typically does something without regard to cause and effect? You know the one exposed to peer pressure? If it wasn't available in such abundance and so cheap due to lax border security and poor police work then it wouldn't be available for that "idiot' to stick a needle in his arm. Cheap is due to the ease in which is it smuggled over the border on the backs of mules and the very high success rate they achieve in getting it to the street dealer.
Archie Bunker February 01, 2014 at 11:30 AM
innocent kid? who didn't know what he was doing? Like I said, it's just too convenient to blame someone else for one's actions.
Patchogue Snoop February 02, 2014 at 07:41 AM
You don't need a needle anymore. Wake up. Yes innocent KIDS. Get it. So according to Mr Gasbag, fry em. No trial just because Mr Gasbag says so.
Archie Bunker February 03, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Would you like some toilet paper to wipe your mouth?
Patchogue Snoop February 03, 2014 at 12:00 PM
You need mental help bowel boy. Get it now. Such a stand up guy aren't you. Feel better now that you hurled another insult? So true to form, ignorance rearing its ugly head. No defense just a whine and an insult so typical of an immature, uniformed mind. One lacking any real intelligence to offer. I would invite cowards like this clown to say his peace while looking a man in the eye, not cowering from his keyboard like some freak. I suspect this guy works for govt at a local level which is even more disturbing. But not surprising. You must be a real success in life. Nothing but twisted views and vile comments. No action from the editor despite threats from him. What about it Mr Editor? Watch and see now, I will be the one to get knocked off this site. I think this site is just another outlet for Libs to spread their partisan agenda of destroying this once great country. Spread their lies and propaganda all to take in drones who believe everything they hear . Sad indeed.
Archie Bunker February 03, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Drug use is initially a CHOICE not an addiction. Once you use, you wrote your own ticket.
Archie Bunker February 04, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Junkies looking for fast cash. Blame their dealer, blame their upbringing, blame obama but don't blame them


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