Judge: Confession of Livingston teen’s accused killer allowed in court

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The confession of a self-admitted Islamic State group sympathizer accused of killing an Essex County college student will be allowed in court, a superior court judge ruled Thursday.

Ali Muhammad Brown is accused of killing 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin, of Livingston, in June 2014. Brown allegedly told detectives that he waited for the right victim to kill on the night Tevlin was murdered.

Tevlin had just left a friend’s house and was sitting in his car at an intersection in West Orange when he was ambushed. Brown allegedly said that he killed Tevlin as punishment against the United States.

The judge said that because of Brown's previous criminal history, he decided Brown was familiar with his rights to have an attorney during the police questioning.

Brown is facing terrorism charges related to the murder. He is also accused of murdering three people in Seattle prior to the Tevlin killing.

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