Second Arrest Made In Fatal Seton Hall Shooting

Crime, Law and JusticeCrimeHomicideJustice SystemTrials and ArbitrationJessica Moore

A second suspect is in police custody in connection with the fatal shooting that occurred at an off-campus party near Seton Hall last weekend.

Marcus Bascus, 19, of East Orange, was taken into custody in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Wednesday. Authorities have charged him with murder, conspiracy, attempted murder and weapons offenses.

Police say Bascus gave a gun to Nicholas Welch, 25, after he was refused admittance into the party.

Meanwhile, Welch pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Wednesday.

An attorney for Welch, entered the not guilty pleas on his client's behalf for the charges of murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses in the deadly shooting that rattled a community still in mourning.

During the 15-minute hearing, Welch's attorney asked that his client remain in protective custody, while the judge in the case set bail at $2 million.

Investigators announced the arrest of Welch Monday night for the shooting death of Seton Hall honors student Jessica Moore. The murder suspect lives several houses down from the off-campus apartment where a Friday night house party turned into grisly game of target practice.

According to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino, Welch became disgruntled when bouncers denied him entry into an off-campus house party, which was attended mostly by Seton Hall students and their friends.

Welch, of East Orange, is being held on $2 million bail and is expected to make an appearance before Judge Peter J. Vazquez at Veteran's Courthouse in Newark on Wednesday.

When found, Laurino said Bascus would be charged with murder as well as unlawful possession of a weapon.

Bail for both men has been set at $2 million.

Jessica Moore was a 19-year-old Seton Hall sophomore who grew up in Virginia. A bullet reportedly hit her in the head as she rushed to help her friend, Bronx native Nakeisha Vanterpool, 19. Vanterpool survived after a slug struck her in the jaw and arm.

Aside from Vanterpool, another 19-year-old woman from Seton Hall, 25-year-old man from New Jersey Institute of Technology and 20-year-old man from New York survived despite suffering bullet wounds.

The fatal shooting spree sent panicked students running and diving out of apartment windows Friday night. The party was being held primarily for students at Seton Hall.

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