A Wyandanch man killed his friend when he fired a gun into a group of men fighting in a strip club parking lot, a Suffolk County prosecutor told a judge Wednesday.
Victor Calderon, 21, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree assault in charges related to the death of Ryan Aguilar, 20, on Sept. 27 outside Illusions Gentlemen's Club in Deer Park.
Families of both men sat quietly through the arraignment and then began screaming at each other as soon as it was done.
"You're a real man, [expletive]!" one of Aguilar's relatives yelled at Calderon as he was led from the Central Islip courtroom. Court officers escorted the two groups out of the courthouse.
Assistant District Attorney Glenn Kurtzrock said Calderon, Aguilar and other friends got into a fight with another group of men as they left the strip club about 3:30 a.m. During the fight, Kurtzrock said, Calderon went to his car and got a gun.
First, he pistol-whipped a man in the head, and then saw Aguilar fighting other men, Kurtzrock said. Calderon fired several times into that group and hit only Aguilar, in the abdomen, the prosecutor said.
Defense attorney Robert Macedonio of Central Islip disputed that account, saying Calderon didn't have a gun.
"I did not murder my best friend," Calderon said, according to Macedonio.
"My client does maintain his innocence," Macedonio said. He added that Calderon lives with his fiancee and their 2-year-old daughter and works as a landscaper.
Calderon surrendered to police Tuesday after homicide detectives notified Macedonio that his client would be charged.
Suffolk District Court Judge Paul Hensley ordered Calderon held without bail. Macedonio waived his client's right to a speedy indictment so that he could investigate the case further. He said he believes the shot was fired by someone in the other group of men.
Kurtzrock said several witnesses saw Calderon with a gun, which has not been found.
"There's no indication anyone else had a gun," Kurtzrock said.