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Revere Man Pleads Not Guilty To Reading Shooting

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A Revere man charged with fatally shooting a former high school hockey star in what prosecutors say was a dispute over drugs has been ordered held without bail.

John Burke pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Monday in Woburn District Court to charges including first-degree murder in connection with the Aug. 15 death of 22-year-old Joseph Ronan.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone says Burke shot Ronan several times during a prearranged meeting in Ronan's Reading home to buy prescription painkillers.

The 25-year-old Burke was arrested on Sunday.

Burke's lawyer says there is no evidence that ties his client to the crime scene.

Family and friends of the victim say he was a former hockey captain at Reading High School who was scheduled to begin Marine training in just weeks.

This program aired on August 22, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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