Newburgh man pleads not guilty in connection to stepson's death

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A Newburgh man being held on weapons-possession charges pleaded not guilty in a Goshen court Friday.

Robert Gooding, 51, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence and endangering the welfare of a child in connection to the death of his stepson, 10-year-old Brandon Scandrett.

Prosecutors say they have a witness who will testify Gooding disposed of the illegal handgun that killed Brandon inside their Chambers Street apartment Aug. 2.

Gooding is being held on $50,000 bail.

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