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Jan 19, 2014 9:38 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

UPDATE: East Moriches Man Charged In Eastport Home Invasion Murder Held Without Bail

Jan 21, 2014 1:44 PM

UPDATE, 3:05 p.m.:

Mr. Batterson was remanded to Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead without bail following his arraignment in Central Islip on Sunday morning, officials said.

The defendant's attorney, Eric Besso, who has an office in Sayville, declined to comment when reached Sunday afternoon.


An East Moriches man was arrested by Suffolk County Police on Saturday night and charged with the shooting death of an Eastport man in a home invasion in December.

Paul Batterson Jr., 22, faces a charge of second-degree murder in connection with the killing of 45-year-old Francisco Pirir at his East Moriches Boulevard home during the early morning hours of December 8, 2013. He is being held at the 5th Precinct and was slated to be arraigned this morning at 1st District Court in Central Islip.

County Police said the shooting occurred shortly before 3:30 in the morning, when two masked men smashed through the door of the small rental home, demanded money from the residents of the home, and shot Mr. Pirir in the face with a shotgun, killing him. A second resident of the home, Mr. Pirir’s uncle, was shot in the hand, and was treated at a local hospital and released. The suspects then fled the home.

The seven residents of the house were all migrant workers. Mr. Pirir had four children in Guatemala, and family both there and locally. The Eastport community rallied to raise money for his funeral, and to help his family financially.

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Great police work
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 14 10:14 AM
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GOTCHA! The only punishment these types fear is hanging by the neck...how about that new injection that "almost" worked fast? When you shoot a person in the face with a shotgun, I'm not so sure you deserve a quick and painless lethal injection. Time to put a little pain back into the punishment. How about public stoning in a pit in front of the courthouse IMMEDIATELY following the guilty verdict? No more jaming up the courts with endless appeals. They could use a touch of this in NJ, too, ...more
By Dodger (161), Southampton Village on Jan 19, 14 10:18 AM
His parents must be very proud!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 14 10:46 AM
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No one raises their children to be killers. Very insensitive comment as I'm sure they are beyond devastated
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jan 20, 14 10:30 AM
Second masked man not feeling too comfortable right now.
By traffic (26), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 11:22 AM
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Well done.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 11:42 AM
No one questioned his immigration status?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 14 11:45 AM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 10:29 PM
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PS -- everyone should "Like" each Captn America comment, so he (she?) can EXPOSE who voted for him/her!

[click on the green "Thumbs Up" icon, and the names of the Likers will be revealed. Ooooo, so thrilling for the Captn . . . ]
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 10:33 PM
Yes, your point was well taken. Policing who Likes any particular comment, however, is over the edge IMO.

I see that my earlier comment was deleted, as well it should have been for also being over the edge. I allowed myself myself to be sucked into the gutter one more time . . . Apologies.

That you just posted "Thrilling!!" says it all . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 7:57 AM
I click on like by accident all the time..dont hold it against me.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jan 20, 14 10:32 AM
Great job SCPD.......
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Jan 19, 14 12:38 PM
What happened to innocent until proven guilty we are talking about a 22year old kid....let's hear the whole story before we condemn him and his family...just because a reporter goes in front of a camera and gives you a select few details doesn't mean we know what happened...think before you comment!!!
By N1234 (1), Oakdale on Jan 19, 14 6:08 PM
Yes, that mugshot screams wrongfully accused.
By dnice (2346), Hampton Bays on Jan 19, 14 10:07 PM
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To me, that mugshot actually looks photoshopped.... but I'm no expert.

By user.name (46), the jungle on Jan 20, 14 10:15 AM
"In court today, prosecutors said the shotgun allegedly used in the crime was discovered at Batterson's home, along with other evidence allegedly linked to the murder scene.

Batterson has been charged with second-degree murder and was remanded without bail today. His father appeared in court and declined to comment.

Batterson's attorney also refused to comment, and he pushed and attempted to cover up a News 12 camera with a notepad he was holding.

Another man, Shane Moore, ...more
By Q333 (161), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 7:25 PM
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Under certain facts, one does not need to have pulled the trigger to be charged with murder along with the hit man.
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 19, 14 11:01 PM
Yes, it's generally termed "Felony Murder," and even extends t instances where two or more bad guys attempt to commit a Felony, and one of them is killed during the commission of that crime. The surviving bad guy can be charged with Felony Murder.

I believe that more than 40 states have such a statute on their books.
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Jan 19, 14 11:53 PM
And in such FM cases the first murder charge tends to produce additional leads and evidence, perhaps even a confession along with a plea bargain . . .
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 8:10 AM
Well Done, S.C.P.D.!
By elliot (254), sag harbor on Jan 19, 14 8:05 PM
Does anyone happen to know if Paul is a duck hunter?
By Moneybogue (37), Westhampton Beach on Jan 19, 14 10:56 PM
White guy... So there will be no racist comments about welfare, immigration, or how the town has changed. No call to arms to fix or change things.
By deelove (152), Bridgehampton on Jan 20, 14 6:51 AM
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Funny that you appear to be attempting to thwart racist comments, yet your first observation is "White guy," as opposed to, perhaps, "human being [and it is not important to observe either his skin color/tone or apparent ethnicity . . . ] "
By PBR (4956), Southampton on Jan 20, 14 7:52 AM
Classic liberal , injecting RACE into every issue.
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jan 20, 14 8:28 AM