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New Jersey man convicted in childhood friend's murder requests new trial


Added 05-16-19 08:13:02am EST - “A New Jersey man behind bars for robbing and strangling his childhood friend before dumping her off a bridge in 2016 is hoping to get another trial.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “New Jersey man convicted in childhood friend’s murder requests new trial”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A New Jersey man behind bars for robbing and strangling his childhood friend before dumping her off a bridge in 2016 is hoping to get another trial.

Liam McAtasney in February was found guilty in the murder of 19-year-old Sarah Stern inside her Avon home on December 2, 2016. She was last seen alive earlier in the day and police still have not found her body.

Her death was part of a scheme to steal $10,000 she’d recently inherited, which McAtasney developed with his one-time roommate and Stern’s junior prom date, Preston Taylor.

Together, they dumped her body off the Route 35 bridge between Belmar and Neptune and abandoned her car in the area to make it seem like the victim committed suicide.

Defense attorney Carlos Diaz-Cobo in a 20-page letter to Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Richard English this week said 21-year-old McAtasney deserved a new trial, NJ.com reported. He specifically cited his failed effort to get a mistrial after a juror, who was later dismissed from the seven-person panel, wrote a snarky message about the case on Facebook.

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