Suspects in deadly NJ mall carjacking plead not guilty

By Michelle Kapusta,

The suspects charged in a fatal shooting while carjacking a couple last month at a New Jersey mall have plead not guilty.

According to the Associated Press, the four men charged with the crime pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to felony murder and other charges.

29-year-old Hanif Thompson, 31-year-old Karif Ford, 32-year-old Basim Henry, and 33-year-old Kevin Roberts are accused of carjacking and killing Dustin Friedland outside the upscale Short Hills Mall in Essex County.

Friedland, a 30-year-old lawyer, was shot when he and his wife returned to their vehicle after shopping on December 15. Police say the men then fled in his car, which was later found behind an abandoned house in a Newark neighborhood about 11 miles from the mall.

Freidland’s wife was not hurt during the incident.

Local news station News 12 New Jersey reported that prosecutors believe the Friedlands were targeted because of the make of their vehicle, a Range Rover.

The judge continued the suspects’ bail at $2 million each.

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