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Victim’s widow testifies in deadly Short Hills Mall carjacking trial

Dustin J Friedland and wife Jamie
Murder victim Dustin J. Friedland and his wife Jamie were carjacked at the Short Hills mall in December 2013. (Facebook)

NEWARK — Testimony has started in the first trial stemming from a carjacking at the Short Hills Mall that left an attorney dead.

The victim’s widow was the first witness when the trial started Wednesday.

Jamie Friedland said she saw her 30-year-old husband, David, struggling with two men in the parking deck at The Mall at Short Hills in Millburn in December 2013. She then saw one of them fatally shoot her husband before she was ordered out of the Range Rover and the men drove off in it.

Friedland testified in the murder trial of 36-year-old Basim Henry, of South Orange.

Essex County prosecutors say Henry was one of four men involved in the carjacking, serving as a getaway driver. He was arrested in Pennsylvania shortly after the shooting.

Henry’s lawyer told jurors “the facts” will prove Henry’s innocence.

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