Day 2 of Short Hills mall murder trial focuses on investigation into killing of Dustin Friedland

Graphic details of the 2013 murder of Dustin Friedland at The Mall at Short Hills emerged Thursday at the trial of one of the men

State medical examiner Andrew Falzon describes some evidence during the second day of the trial of Basim Henry.

State medical examiner Andrew Falzon describes some evidence during the second day of the trial of Basim Henry. (3/16/17)

NEWARK - Graphic details of the 2013 murder of Dustin Friedland at The Mall at Short Hills emerged Thursday at the trial of one of the men accused in the killing.

State medical examiner Andrew Falzon testified Thursday that Friedland was killed by a bullet to the top of the head. He also described injuries Friedland received from being pistol-whipped.

The jury was shown graphic crime scene photos from the day of the murder and was also shown Friedland’s leather jacket and hooded sweatshirt covered in blood.

Friedland was killed in December 2013 while he and his wife were in the mall’s parking garage. The couple was allegedly targeted for their Range Rover. Four men were charged in the killing.

Basim Henry is accused of driving the three other men to the mall in his mother’s SUV. Prosecutors say they were looking to steal a Range Rover.

Mall facilities manager James Feltenberg testified that he screened surveillance video immediately after the shooting and saw suspicious vehicles. He says that he saw two vehicles speed out of the parking structure “disregarding traffic signs.”

There is no surveillance video of the murder because the mall did not have a camera in that area of the parking deck. 

The trial is expected to resume Tuesday morning.

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