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Corey A. McKay Jr.,  Zachary C. Anderson
Corey A. McKay Jr., Zachary C. Anderson Photo Credit: MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR

UPDATE: Two repeat offenders were each charged with aggravated assault in connection with a brawl between two groups outside a Bogota bar last month that ended with a Hackensack man shot dead, authorities announced Wednesday.

Zachary C. Anderson, 26, of Englewood and Corey A. McKay Jr., 22, of Hackensack, both unemployed, each assaulted another victim who was hospitalized for his injuries after the brawl, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo said.

McKay was scheduled for a detention hearing Tuesday and Anderson for a Feb. 4 first appearance, both in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, Calo said.

Both remained held Tuesday in the Bergen County Jail, records show.

Authorities initially charged Talek Lawson, 23, of Englewood with the murder of 28-year-old Dakota Johnson, who was shot in the chest outside Buddy's Place on Fort Lee Road around 1:45 a.m. Dec. 12.

Justin Dula, 20 of Englewood, also was charged with aggravated assault in connection with the brawl.

Johnson, a 28-year-old father of two who'd only been released from prison two weeks earlier, was killed when he came to a companion's rescue following an argument that began in the bar and spilled outside, friends said.

ABOVE: Memorial to Dakota Johnson outside Mr. T's in Hackensack (PHOTO: Paul Nickels for Daily Voice).

The 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound Johnson was found on the front lawn of a nearby house on Leonia Avenue and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Calo said.

Everyone else scattered, Calo said.

Lawson, who records show has a drug arrest history, remained held in the Bergen County Jail.

Dula was released a week after the shooting.

Justin Dula, left, and Talek Lawson of Englewood (MUGSHOTS: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY PROSECUTOR)

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