Trinidadian man on the run for 16 years faces murder charges in the US


Balkumar Singh was on the run in Trinidad for 16 years before being arrested in March and sent back to the US to face charges in the case of a fatal shooting of Abzal Khan outside a suburban New York wedding.
The 37 year old man told the Nassau County Long Island courthouse "I'm sorry for the pain I caused the family," nevertheless he pleaded not guilty to murder, assault, weapons and other charges and was ordered held without bail.
According to the Associated Press, Singh was not represented by an attorney, but the judge did say a court-appointed attorney would represent him at his next appearance.
Prosecutors said Singh got into an argument while attending a June 1999 wedding in Hicksville.
A New York Times article reported that police believed the gunman had asked a girl to dance which lead to an argument with her date.
The gunman waited outside the wedding hall and opened fire as guests left the party.
The accused fired numerous shots hitting two men who were reportedly not involved in the fracas.
Abzal Khan who was just 19, succumbed to gunshot wounds to the chest while the second man was shot in the leg.


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