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Suspects Plead Not Guilty To Charges In Murder Of Villanova Student

Ernest Williams Jr. (credit: Handout/Essex County Prosecutor's Office)

Ernest Williams Jr. (credit: Handout/Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two suspects pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges connected to the murder of a 21-year-old Villanova University student last summer.

Ernest Williams and James Pitts, both of Montclair, entered their pleas during a Tuesday court hearing. Williams faces charges of felony murder, murder, robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses, while Pitts is charged with robbery conspiracy and conspiracy to violate narcotics laws, in the murder of Brian Schiavetti of Ridgewood, Conn.

Schiavetti was shot and killed during an attempted robbery in Montclair, N.J., on July, 22, 2012. He was found dead around 6:40 p.m. that day in a first-floor hallway of an apartment building at 25 William St.

He had been shot multiple times, police said.

Schiavetti was interning at a financial firm in Manhattan at the time of his death.

Williams remains jailed on $750,000 bail, while Pitts has posted $100,000 bail.

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