Authorities: Confession in Setauket horseman slaying

Updated October 11, 2013 10:05 PM By CHAU LAM chau.lam@newsday.com http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/authorities-confession-in-setauket-horseman-slaying-1.6238709?pts=864981 A captured fugitive who was a friend and former tenant of a well-known Setauket horseman has confessed to fatally shooting him in his home last month, according to Suffolk authorities. Brett C. Knight, 45, of Manhattan, fired 11 shots from a .45-caliber handgun through a window, killing Ross Reisner, Suffolk prosecutor Raphael Pearl said Friday in First District Court in Central Islip. The one-page criminal complaint filed in the case states only that Knight made “oral admissions . . . that he shot the victim.” Knight, facing a second-degree murder charge, had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf and was ordered held without bail. Pearl did not provide a motive in the shooting or say whether the murder weapon was one of two handguns recovered from a home in eastern Tennessee where Knight was captured by federal marshals this week. He was brought back to New York on Thursday. Reisner, 50, considered a fixture in the Island’s equestrian community, was in his home on Upper Sheep Pasture Road when shots were fired from outside at about 8:45 p.m. on Sept. 24, police said. Reisner was hit once in the chest; another bullet grazed the arm of his partner, Kevin Murray. Knight said nothing and stood with his hands handcuffed behind his back during his brief arraignment Friday. He is scheduled to return Wednesday, when his attorney, Michael J. Brown of Central Islip, plans to request bail. If there is a confession in the case, police and prosecutors haven’t divulged any details, Brown said afterward. “I don’t have...

Teacher Felipe Argueta cleared of inappropriate touching charges

Updated March 20, 2014 9:17 PM By ZACHARY R. DOWDY http://www.newsday.com/long-island/suffolk/teacher-felipe-argueta-cleared-of-inappropriate-touching-charges-1.7457236 A former teacher at the Eastport-South Manor Central School District who was accused of inappropriately touching a female student in his high school Spanish class was acquitted by a Suffolk jury Thursday. Felipe Argueta, 38, of Mount Sinai, who was tried on a charge of child endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor, was a free man after a jury deliberated for three hours at the close of the weeklong trial before acting County Court Judge Steven A. Lotto, said Argueta’s attorney, Michael J. Brown of Central Islip. “He’s overjoyed,” Brown said of his client, adding that Argueta was unable to find work as a teacher while the charges were pending. “He’s been waiting three years to be vindicated and he simply wants to return to his passion, which is teaching.” The Suffolk district attorney’s office could not be reached for comment. Argueta was arrested in June 2011 after a student accused him of inappropriately touching her while the two were alone at school, Brown said. The student, who took the stand for the prosecution during the trial, was in Argueta’s Spanish class. She claimed the inappropriate contact occurred in 2010. Long IslandFor more on this story visit News 12 Long Island Argueta was suspended from his position at the school district when the girl reported the allegation to school officials, who conducted an investigation and notified Suffolk police. “The jury listened attentively to the witness testify and came to the same conclusion that we did — her story was pure fabrication,” Brown...