NEW BRUNSWICK - A jury has found Steven Contreras not guilty of murder in the 2010 killing of Divyendu Sinha.

Contreras was, however, found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit riot, aggravated assault and hindering apprehension of his co-defendants.

Along with the murder acquittal, he was found not guilty of aggravated manslaughter and hindering his own apprehension. The jury was not able to reach a verdict on the charge of reckless manslaughter.

The 19-year-old was one of five people arrested in the 2010 beating death of an Old Bridge man who was out for a late-night stroll with his family. Contreras says he drove but stayed behind as the other four defendants launched the unprovoked attack.

Contreras was the first to stand trial for the murder of Sinha. His co-defendants are expected to go to trial in July.

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