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Carjacking Suspects Plead “Not Guilty”

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Newark, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The four suspects involved in the Short Hills Mall carjacking murder were arraigned yesterday at the Essex County Superior Court House.

Kevin Roberts, Karif Ford, Hanif Thompson and Basim Henry all pleaded “not guilty” in the murder of 30-year old Dustin Friedland who was shot in front of his wife before their luxury SUV was stolen and later abandoned in Newark.

After the hearing, a friend of the four suspects, Reginald, talked about the fate of his friends, many of whom already have a long rap sheet.

“A charge for burglary and a charge for murder is totally different, so it would be a lot worse with this situation,” he said.

The prosecutors in this case are confident that they have the right guys in custody, but in the end, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

The next step for these men is that an Essex County Grand Jury will hear their case. All talk of making this a federal case with the possibility of the death penalty is still unsure at this time.

Assistant Prosecutor, Ralph Amirata, held a press conference to discuss what is being done regarding the car-jacking epidemic going on in Newark.

“We’re aggressively enforcing the carjacking laws and prosecuting a number of people for carjacking’s,” he said.


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