NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.
(AP) — Opening statements have begun in the trial of a New Jersey man
accused of throwing his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge.
say Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem abducted Zara Malani-lin Abdur-Raheem from
her grandmother's East Orange apartment in 2010 while the baby's mother
was in court seeking a restraining order.
Authorities say he
eventually parked on the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway and
threw or dropped the girl into the Raritan River. Her body was
discovered about two months later.
(http://bit.ly/P0h1Ha) reports that prosecutors told jurors Wednesday
that Abdur-Raheem repeatedly admitted to investigators that he threw his
daughter off the bridge. But defense lawyers say they'll prove there's
reasonable doubt he's guilty.
Besides the murder count, the
24-year-old former Galloway Township resident also faces charges of
attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and child endangerment.