Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Police Recount Events after Fatal Carjacking

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Police Recount Events after Fatal Carjacking

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NEWARK -- A more procedural tone overtook the trial of an Essex County man accused of aiding in the carjacking and murder of a Hoboken lawyer at the Mall at Short Hills in 2013 on Thursday - a stark contrast to the raw emotion that permeated the courtroom a day before.

Several law enforcement members testified in front of a jury explaining the aftermath of the killing of Dustin Friedland, who was returning to his car in the mall's parking lot with his wife when he was fatally shot in December 2013.

The defendant, Basim Henry, 36, of South Orange, is one of four people who were arrested in connection with Friedland's slaying. Authorities say that Friedland was shot in the head and his car was stolen from the mall's parking deck.

First, the jury heard testimony from Robert Kaiser, a Millburn police officer, who responded to the scene. Kaiser said he had seen Friedland lying in a pool of blood with his wife cradling his head.

Kaiser said there also appeared to be skull fragments and brain matter around Friedland's head. Kaiser - who is also trained in emergency medical procedures - performed rescue breathing on Friedland, he said.

The defense did not cross-examine him.

Next, Lt. Thomas Sheehan, of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Crime Scene Unit, told the jury that he had photographed a pool of blood, medical items and a black-and-white bag from Sephora - which Friedland's wife testified on Wednesday that the couple had carried to the car from the store.

The makeup Jamie Friedland spoke about buying on what she said Wednesday started as "a good day," was shown as evidence Thursday by Sheehan.

He returned to the Short Hills mall later that night to collect additional evidence. A plastic bag containing a bottle of New Amsterdam vodka and two bottle caps was found in a parking lot adjacent to the garage. Sheehan said no fingerprints had been found after the defense cross-examined him.

James Felzenberg, a superintendent for the mall and EMT, also responded to the scene. Felzenberg told the jury that he had obtained video from the mall's security feed and had seen two cars - including the Range Rover owned by the Friedlands - speeding out of the parking garage. …

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