J’Ouvert ‘killer’ pleads not guilty

The 20-year-old man accused of drunkenly shooting a pretty student in the face during J’Ouvert pleaded ‘not guilty’ Monday to charges of second-degree murder.

A Brooklyn grand jury had previously voted to indict Reginald Moise in mid Sept., but he was unable to appear in court until Monday before Justice Neil Firetog to be arraigned on the charges.

Moise was held without bail.

He has also been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment, and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

Moise is accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Tiarah Poyau as she danced with friends during the pre-dawn festival. The beautiful accounting student was mourned as a “light that shined from within,” at her Sept. 17 funeral.

“I’m not a bad guy … I wasn’t trying to hurt anyone … I didn’t mean to take the gun out, I didn’t mean to shoot nobody,” court documents say Moise sobbed to arresting officers.

“Mr. Moise has only sympathy and condolences for the young woman and her family,” his attorney Norman Steiner said Monday.

Tiarah PoyauPhoto: Facebook

Steiner emphasized his client’s “innocence,” and called Poyau’s death the “tragic” result of the city’s failure to shut down J’Ouvert, despite “prior years of violence.”

“After realizing their mistakes, and in an effort to protect themselves, they did what politicians do,” the attorney added: “Cast blame away from them selves and arouse hatred in the public for someone else.”

Steiner also called Moise’s case “the first test” of late Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson‘s “legacy.”

“A thorough review and then open and honest investigation will reveal that Mr. Moise is an innocent man,” the lawyer concluded.

The young man faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

Authorities are still investigating the slaying of Tyreke Borel, 17, who was shot as he sat on a bench during the festivities.

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