Man charged in shooting death of NY equestrian

10/11/2013 11:15 AM

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A man who was picked up by U.S. marshals in Tennessee pleaded not guilty to murder and aggravated harassment charges Friday in connection with the shooting of a well-known equestrian in New York.

Prosecutors allege Brett Knight fired 11 times on Sept. 24 through a window of Ross Reisner's home in Setauket, on Long Island, killing him. Reisner's partner, Kevin Murray, was wounded.

Defense attorney Michael Brown said, "It's important not to rush to judgment." His client has been good friends with the victims for two decades, "so there's really no incentive or motive to cause any type of injury," Brown said outside court.

Reisner was a popular fixture in the Long Island equestrian community, including the celebrity-filled Hampton Classic horse show.

Authorities said Knight had been traveling around the country on a motorcycle when he was taken into custody in Seymour, Tenn.

He was being held without bail. His next court date is Oct. 16.

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