A second man has been arrested in connection with the June 5 killing of a Brentwood man outside a pool hall, homicide detectives said Tuesday.
Police said Guzman-Hernandez and Jairon A. Gonzales-Martinez, 23, of Brentwood, killed Rumaldo Bethancourt-Lopez, 29, outside the Fiesta Pool Hall on Suffolk Avenue in Brentwood on June 5 at around 1:49 a.m.
Third Precinct officers responded to a 911 call about a fight and found Bethancourt-Lopez dead from head trauma caused by blunt force, police said.
Gonzalez-Martinez was arrested on second-degree murder charges the following day, police said.
Another man was hospitalized with head trauma in the fight, police said.
Guzman-Hernandez pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in Central Islip, said his attorney, Jason Bassett. District Court Judge Toni Dean set bail of $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond.
Bassett said police describe his client as one of five or six men who used pipes and bats to beat two other men outside the Fiesta Pool Hall in Brentwood.
"He denies having any involvement in this whatsoever," Bassett said.
He said the arrest appears to be based on an identification of his client from a photograph. However, Bassett said the witness viewed the attacker from a distance during a chaotic episode.
"The identification is pretty suspect as far as we're concerned," Bassett said.