In the July 2014 statement, authorities said, Ali Muhammad Brown admitted he had ambushed the Livingston native

NEWARK — A Superior Court judge on Thursday ruled statements Ali Muhammad Brown gave to investigators in 2014, implicating himself in the killings of Livingston native Brendan Tevlin, can be admitted as evidence at Brown’s upcoming trial on murder and terrorism charges.

Judge Ronald D. Wigler said Brown was familiar with his right to an attorney from facing 15 previous criminal charges and investigators who interviewed him complied with various requests he made before he would talk with them.

“Mr. Brown was, at all times, in complete control of each of these statements, and it was very clear that Mr. Brown wanted to speak to Essex County authorities,” Wigler said of two interviews Brown gave without a lawyer present.

The judge’s ruling comes more than three years after Brown confessed to killing Tevlin and three other men in Seattle in acts of “vengeance” for lives lost in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, according to authorities. Brown’s journal, recovered during his arrest, made references to the Islamic State, a terrorist organization commonly known as ISIS.

In an interview with investigators after his arrest, authorities have said, Brown admitted that he fatally shot Tevlin while the 19-year-old college student was stopped at a traffic light at Northfield Avenue and Walker Road in West Orange shortly before midnight on June 25, 2014.

A video of the July 25, 2014, interview played in court shows Brown saying he had “fired on and killed a man” a month earlier.

“I came up out of the woods, disguised, and in an ambush-type situation, I fired upon the man with my pistol until he was dead,” said Brown, who was on a federal terrorism watchlist at the time of the killing.

He said he then moved Tevlin’s body to the passenger seat of Tevlin’s Jeep, drove the car to an apartment complex and left it there.

Brown’s attorney, Albert Kapin, has argued Brown’s initial request for an attorney — and a letter Kapin sent to the prosecutor’s office, requesting they not contact his client — made Brown’s subsequent statements “fruit of the poisonous tree” and inadmissible at trial.

He told the judge Thursday that the July 25, 2014, interview with investigators never should have happened because Brown had asked for an attorney a week earlier. Kapin …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News

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Chilling confession in Brendan Tevlin killing admissible at trial, judge rules

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