Newburgh Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Connection with Deadly Halloween Shooting

Newburgh Man Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Connection with Deadly Halloween Shooting

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A Newburgh man has pleaded not guilty to tampering with physical evidence in connection with a deadly Halloween party shooting.

Rainier Hamilton, 21, is accused of trying to hide a handgun by taking it from the scene. He’s being held on $35,000 cash or $75,000 bond.

The shooting left two people dead — 20-year-old Tabitha Cruz and 18-year-old Omani Free. Five people were also injured at that party.

The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Nija Johnson, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and attempted murder charges.

Johnson is being held without bail. Hamilton and Johnson are both due back in court next month.