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3 Suspects Charged In Newburgh Double Murder

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L to R: Lewis, Koltun, Fennel

L to R: Lewis, Koltun, Fennel


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NEWBURGH, N.Y. (CBS 2/AP) — Police have identified and charged three suspects in the fatal shootings of a former police officer and his nephew in Newburgh.

Rabbi Victor Koltun, 41, and Frank T. Lewis, 56, both of Brooklyn, and 51-year-old Craig R. Fennel of Manhattan were arraigned on second-degree murder charges on Thursday.

Newburgh police said both Lewis and Fennel are on parole for previous convictions on attempted murder charges.

The bodies of Francis Piscopo and his nephew Gerald Piscopo were discovered inside a vacant house on Liberty Street in Newburgh on November 4.

Francis Piscopo was a former sergeant with the Lloyd Police Department.

Piscopo left the force in 1990, and has since has faced charges of dealing marijuana, intimidating witnesses and stealing baseball gloves and a chain saw from his old department.

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