New York man charged with murder in Pittsfield shooting

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PITTSFIELD — A New York man has been arrested and charged with murder in last month's slaying of David Green Jr.

Lance Burke, 40, of the Bronx, was picked up on a warrant Nov. 20 in New York and returned to the Berkshires to be charged, according to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office.

Green was shot in the neck Nov. 3 while sitting in a Nissan pickup near the intersection of Spring and Willow streets. He was transported to Berkshire Medical Center, where he died a few days later. A motive for the shooting remains unclear.

Details in the case were not immediately available as Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert Kinzer has asked the judge to impound records in the case.

Burke's attorney, Calvin Carr, objected to the impoundment order amid concerns it would prevent him from sharing relevant information with Burke and his investigator.

Judge Mark Pasquariello said he would take the matter under advisement.

Burke pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to one count of murder. He was ordered held without the right to bail and scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing Jan. 4.

If convicted of the murder charge, Burke faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.He was arrested by members of the Pittsfield police detective bureau and anti-crime unit, assisted by members of the New York Police Department and agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.

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