2 plead not guilty in Manorville burning body murder

Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday in the death of man whose body was found burning in the woods of Manorville. Prosecutors say Bryan Rosales-Mejia,

Prosecutors say Bryan Rosales-Mejia, 21, and his friend Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, confessed to brutally murdering 36-year-old German Cuzman earlier this month and setting his body on fire.

Prosecutors say Bryan Rosales-Mejia, 21, and his friend Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, confessed to brutally murdering 36-year-old German Cuzman earlier this month and setting his body on fire. (10/29/15)

RIVERHEAD - Two men pleaded not guilty Thursday in the death of man whose body was found burning in the woods of Manorville.

Prosecutors said Bryan Rosales-Mejia, 21, and his friend Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, confessed to brutally murdering 36-year-old German Cuzman earlier this month and setting his body on fire.

Officials said the initial attack occurred in a vacant cottage behind Rosales-Mejia's Amityville home.

"They began to stab him with a knife and then a screwdriver and continued punching and kicking him until he died," said Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Creighton. "After which, they dragged him into his own car and left him there overnight -- then returned the following afternoon to drive him out to Manorville."

Creighton said the men plotted through text messages to murder Guzman before they lured him to Amityville. She said the two took pictures and video as he lay dying on the ground.

Guzman's burning body was found in the brush on Manor Road in Manorville by a driver who called the police.

Soliz-Galvez was arrested two days later driving the victim's car.  

Prosecutors said the men all knew each other, but they are not releasing a motive for the murder.

Both men are charged with second-degree murder. They are being held on $10 million bail.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: (L-R) U.S. President 1 Donald Trump sworn in as 45th president of the United States
Julia Fenster, co-president of the Nassau County Chapter 2 LI residents prepare for women's marches in Washington, NYC
News 12 Long Island reporter Eileen Lehpamer was 3 LI residents among thousands present for Trump inauguration
President Donald Trump underlined patriotism during his inaugural 4 Trump promises to be voice for 'forgotten men and women'
Gone from the site are any mentions of 5 For White House, new tenants mean new website

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Investigators say 21-year-old Bryan RosalesMejia, of Amityville, has Police arrest man in connection with burned body

Police say they have arrested a man in connection with the death of a man

Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, of Amityville, was arrested Tuesday 2nd arrest made following discovery of burning body

Orlen Soliz-Galvez, 18, of Amityville will be charged with second-degree murder today.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE