NJ man charged in murder of Kean University student pleads not guilty

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A central New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty to murder charges stemming from the fatal beating of a college student from Tennessee.

A public defender entered the plea for 38-year-old Timothy Puskas of New Brunswick during a court hearing Wednesday, one day after he was charged with assault in the case. He’s being held on $5 million bail.

NJ man pleads not guilty

38-year-old Timothy Puskas of New Brunswick during a court hearing Wednesday.

Puskas is charged in the death of William McCaw, who was found dead in the backyard of a New Brunswick home on Feb. 15. But authorities haven’t said what spurred the killing.

Kean University student found beaten to death in New Brunswick backyard

Kean University student William McCaw was found bludgeoned to death in a New Brunswick backyard.

Prosecutors say McCaw, a 22-year-old Gallatin resident, was a student at Kean College in north Jersey, about 25 miles away from where he was found. But he had previously attended Rutgers University and would often return to the New Brunswick area.