4 Plead Not Guilty to Murder of Jewish Lawyer Dustin Friedland at N.J. Mall

Shot in Front of His Wife While Holiday Shopping

Doomed: Justin Friedland, left, was shot dead in front of his horrified wife, Jamie, at an upscale N.J. mall.
Facebook
Doomed: Justin Friedland, left, was shot dead in front of his horrified wife, Jamie, at an upscale N.J. mall.

By Reuters

Published January 08, 2014.
  • Print
  • Share Share

Four men pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to murder and other charges in a fatal carjacking at an upscale New Jersey mall, where a lawyer was slain in front of his wife after holiday shopping.

Prosecutors said two of the men attacked Dustin Friedland, 30, a Hoboken lawyer, on Dec. 15 as he and his wife were loading gifts into their luxury SUV in the parking lot of the Mall at Short Hills in Millburn, New Jersey, about 21 miles (33 km) west of New York City.

After the shooting, the men drove away in the victim’s car, a 2012 silver Range Rover, prosecutors said.

Appearing in shackles one at a time before a judge in state Superior Court in Newark, each of the four men pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, carjacking, conspiracy and possession of a weapon. If convicted of the most serious charge, they could face life in prison, prosecutors said.

The men were identified as Karif Ford, 31, Basim Henry, 32, Kevin Roberts, 33, all from Newark, and Hanif Thompson, 29, of Irvington, New Jersey.

Judge Peter Vasquez ordered the four, who have been in custody since their arrest, to continue to be held on $2 million bail.

Essex County chief assistant prosecutor Thomas Fennelly declined to identify who pulled the trigger or to further discuss the case, except to confirm there are no more suspects.

Prosecutors have said Henry, who was apprehended in an Easton, Pennsylvania, hotel by a task force of FBI agents and U.S. Marshals, drove the getaway car, which was registered to his mother. The other three men were arrested in New Jersey.

The SUV was recovered in Newark.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • Kosovo's centuries-old Jewish community is down to a few dozen. In a nation where the population is 90% Muslim, they are proud their past — and wonder why Israel won't recognize their state. http://jd.fo/h4wK0
  • Israelis are taking up the #IceBucketChallenge — with hummus.
  • In WWI, Jews fought for Britain. So why were they treated as outsiders?
  • According to a new poll, 75% of Israeli Jews oppose intermarriage.
  • Will Lubavitcher Rabbi Moshe Wiener be the next Met Council CEO?
  • Angelina Jolie changed everything — but not just for the better:
  • Prime Suspect? Prime Minister.
  • Move over Dr. Ruth — there’s a (not-so) new sassy Jewish sex-therapist in town. Her name is Shirley Zussman — and just turned 100 years old.
  • From kosher wine to Ecstasy, presenting some of our best bootlegs:
  • Sara Kramer is not the first New Yorker to feel the alluring pull of the West Coast — but she might be the first heading there with Turkish Urfa pepper and za’atar in her suitcase.
  • About 1 in 40 American Jews will get pancreatic cancer (Ruth Bader Ginsberg is one of the few survivors).
  • At which grade level should classroom discussions include topics like the death of civilians kidnapping of young Israelis and sirens warning of incoming rockets?
  • Wanted: Met Council CEO.
  • “Look, on the one hand, I understand him,” says Rivka Ben-Pazi, a niece of Elchanan Hameiri, the boy that Henk Zanoli saved. “He had a family tragedy.” But on the other hand, she said, “I think he was wrong.” What do you think?
  • How about a side of Hitler with your spaghetti?
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.