A Bridgehampton man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a four-count indictment that upgraded charges in the Christmas Day slaying at a Medford auto body shop.
Brandon Davis, 19, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Taleik Bristel, 19, at Whitestar MTR, Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota said in a news release.
A grand jury also indicted him on first-degree assault charges against one of three other victims who were shot and survived.
Authorities said Davis had a handgun when he and co-defendants Cesar Figueroa, 19, and Tasheem Carter, 19, both of Mastic, held up four people at the auto body shop about 3:20 a.m. Dec. 25.
They are accused of demanding drugs and money, but the robbery turned fatal, with Bristel, of Patchogue, shot in the back of the head, two men in the back and a woman in the abdomen, police said.
Davis' attorney, Paul Barahal of Smithtown, said it was "absolutely not accurate" that his client had a gun, because Davis was not there at the time.
"He has absolutely nothing to do with this," Barahal said. "He's being falsely accused."
Davis, arrested March 7, was held on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail. He is due back in court April 23.
Court records show Figueroa confessed that he and Davis robbed a man called "Whitey" and said Davis shot and killed Bristel. Carter admitted going to the shop to rob "Whitey" of marijuana and witnessed the fatal shooting, according to court records.
Figueroa, arrested Jan. 22, pleaded not guilty last month on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and two counts of assault. He was held on $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail.
Carter, arrested Feb. 27, pleaded not guilty this month on an indictment charging him with second-degree murder and assault. He was held on $1.5 million bond or $750,000 cash bail.