PAWKIPSY, N.Y. (WABC) — A grand jury indicted two men Friday in the death of a father who was visiting his son at Maris College for a family weekend.

Roy Johnson Jr. and Devin Taylor are accused of opening fire in the lobby of the Courtyard Marriott hotel near the college’s Poughkeepsie campus.

Paul Kutz, 53, was caught in the crossfire and killed.

The suspected gunman, 35-year-old Johnson Jr., was wanted in two states but managed to elude arrest before Sunday’s shooting.

Johnson Jr. failed to appear in court on July 12 in Georgia, where he is charged with felony counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. .

He was also set up at the scene of the fatal shooting of 28-year-old Darren Villani in Poughkeepsie on Aug. 9, but his exact role remains under investigation.

Johnson and Taylor, 26, were arrested at the Courtyard by Marriott after shooting Kutz.

Johnson was charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

Taylor was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Police say Johnson had a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and Taylor had a loaded .223 rifle with no serial number, possibly a ghost gun.

Both lived in a hotel room rented by a third cooperating individual.

Kutz is from East Northport, Long Island, and was staying at the hotel while visiting his youngest son.

Neighbors and friends spoke out earlier this week about Kuts and said that his family was everything to him.

The husband and father of three was a financial planner and accountant who founded Kutz and Company with his brother 30 years ago.

Outside of work, Kutz spent more than five years coaching all three of his sons as the Larkfield Northport Little League coach.

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