Ali Muhammad Brown Indicted Thursday on Brendan Tevlin Felony Murder and Terrorism Charges; Charges Against Co-Defendants Dropped
ESSEX COUNTY, NJ - On Thursday, an Essex County Grand Jury returned a nine-count indictment charging Ali Muhammad Brown, 30, of Seattle with two counts of terrorism, one count of murder and other charges for the 2014 killing of Brendan Tevlin, 19, of Livingston. Brown, a self-described Muslim, is the first person in New Jersey to be indicted under the terrorism statute.
Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray dismissed the charges against two co-defendants, Eric Williams, 19, and Jeremy Villagran, 20, both of West Orange, who were arrested and also charged in August of 2014 with Brown.
“As the investigation continued, evidence was developed,
Ali Muhammad Brown is charged with the following:
The murder took place on June 25, 2014 when Tevlin, home after completing his freshman year at the University of Richmond was shot multiple times while stopped at a traffic light at Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange. Shortly before the murder, Tevlin contacted a family member to let them know he was on his way home after visiting friends. The investigation into the murder remains active and ongoing.
Brown is expected to be arraigned on Aug. 4, before the Honorable Ronald D. Wigler, Presiding Judge of the Criminal Division.
NEWARK, NJ - West Orange Police Chief James P. Abbott and Essex County Acting Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced Monday afternoon that three men have been charged in the June 25 murder of 19-year old Brendan Tevlin, of Livingston. The prosecutor emphasized that the investigation remains on-going.
All three men are being held at the Essex County Jail, Newark.
Ali Muhammed Brown
Bail: $5 million
Brown, originally of East Orange, was recently captured in West Orange and transferred to Seattle, WA, where he was suspected of having committed two murders. The Prosecutor's Office had also been seeking information for him in regards to a carjacking in Point Pleasant on June 29.
The West Orange Police Dept and Essex County task force members found Brown on July 18 living in a makeshift camp in a wooded area of West Orange. The suspect was linked to Tevlin's murder because the weapon used to kill Tevlin was reportedly found on Brown and is allegedly the same weapon used in the Seattle murders.
Brown has been charged with:
Jeremy Villagran, 19, West Orange
Bail: $1 million
Tevlin was shot reportedly in the vicinity of Northfield Avenue and Walker Road, West Orange, but he was found in his family's Jeep Liberty in the parking lot of an apartment located at 275 Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Villagran is a resident of that apartment complex.
Villagran has been charged with:
Eric Williams, 18, West Orange
Bail: $1 million
Williams has been charged with:
Murray related that her office will prove that Tevlin was driving home in his family's car, when the three men drove up alongside him at a traffic light. The prosecutor believes Williams stayed in the car, while Brown and Villagran got out and, after robbing Tevlin of several personal items, began shooting at him. Ten bullets were fired; Tevlin was hit by eight of them.
Brown then reportedly got inside Tevlin's vehicle, moved his body into the passenger seat, and drove to the apartment complex.
Murray also stated that Villagran and Williams were the two individuals seen running in photos from a surveillance tape which her office released in connection to the case. Villagran is suspected of being the one shown in white.
“I applaud the hard work of the West Orange Police Department,
Reward Increased to $25,000 as West Orange Police Seek Public's Help with Brendan Tevlin Murder Investigation
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Police and the Essex County Prosecutor's Office are seeking the public's help with information regarding a murder which occurred Wednesday evening.
At 11:50pm, calls came into police reporting shots had been fired in the vicinity of Walker Road and Northfield Avenue, West Orange. Ultimately, officers discovered a male victim, Brendan Tevlin, 19 of Livingston, who was found dead in his car after receiving multiple gun shot wounds.
No arrests have been made in the case thus far and the prosecutor's office has released two images which may help in the investigation. In addition, the Essex County Sheriff’s Crime Stoppers program has increased the initial $10,000 reward for information about the killing to $25,000 after an anonymous donation.
The two still shots were taken by West Orange Police from surveillance videos in the area of Walker Road and Northfield Avenue in West Orange, from the same time period as Tevlin's murder.
At this time the investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office tips line at 1-877-847-7432.