Basim Henry found guilty of all charges, including murder, in Short Hills murder trial

Basim Henry found guilty of all charges, including murder, in Short Hills murder trial

Basim Henry found guilty of all charges, including murder, in Short Hills murder trial (3/31/17)

NEWARK - A jury found Basim Henry guilty of murder and all other charges Friday related to a fatal carjacking at the Mall at Short Hills in December 2013.

Henry, 36, and three other men are accused of fatally shooting Hoboken attorney Dustin Friedland during the robbery. The trial lasted five days, followed by four days of jury deliberations.

The charges against Henry included carjacking, unlawful possession of a weapon and murder, among others. After the verdict, a judge instructed the jury to deliberate on a new charge -- possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, due to Henry's criminal past.

The victim's family sat quietly together as the jury announced the verdict.

Friedland and his wife were driving a Range Rover at the time, the type of vehicle authorities say the suspects were looking to steal. The shocking incident prompted community members to come forward with tips that led to swift arrests in the case, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Henry drove the group to the mall. Another suspect is accused of pulling the trigger.

Henry is the first suspect to be tried, and some of the most emotional testimony came from Friedland's widow, Jamie Friedland, who was at her husband's side during the carjacking.

"I saw a struggle," she testified. "This all happened within 10 to 15 seconds. The window shattered...Then in slow motion, it played out."

The other suspects will be tried separately in the future, meaning she may have to testify as many as three more times.

"She understands the importance of her testimony in these trials," says Ralph Amirata, an assistant prosecutor in Essex County. "She understands she needs to do what needs to be done in order for justice to occur."

On the other hand, Karif Ford, Kevin Roberts and Hanif Thompson may choose to change their pleas following the guilty verdict for Henry, Amirata says.

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