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ELIZABETH – A Plainfield man has been convicted of homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide and two weapons cost within the 2016 deadly taking pictures of a 24-year-old Plainfield lady.

Anthony Baines, 24, was convicted Tuesday following two days of jury deliberation and a trial earlier than Union County Superior Court docket Decide John M. Deitch, appearing Union County Prosecutor Jennifer Davenport stated in a launch Wednesday.

Baines faces 30 years to life in jail when he’s sentenced. That date is tentatively scheduled for July 26.

The sufferer’s household, together with each mother and father, have been in court docket Tuesday for the jury’s verdict.

Late June 29, 2016, Plainfield police responded to a report of a physique discovered within the rear yard of a house on the 400 block of Spruce road. At that location they discovered the physique of Neelega Perry, based on Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Cleaver, who dealt with the case.

Perry was pronounced useless on the scene and the revolver used to kill her was discovered discarded subsequent to her physique, Cleaver stated within the launch. Her demise was the sixth murder in Plainfield that 12 months.

An investigation led by Union County Prosecutor’s Workplace Sgt. Michael Manochio and Detective Christopher Scuorzo, involving the Union County Murder Process Pressure, Plainfield Police Division, Union County Sheriff’s Workplace Identification Unit and Union County Police Division Ballistics Unit, resulted in three individuals being recognized as suspects — Baines, Raequon Segers, 22, and Gquan Johnson, 21, the discharge acknowledged.

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Johnson was arrested in late September 2016, Baines being apprehended in early October 2016 and Segers was taken into custody a couple of week later. The three man have been indicted in February 2017, and Segers and Johnson each pleaded responsible to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault in early Could 2019. Johnson additionally pleaded responsible to a weapons cost, the discharge states.

Each males testified in opposition to Baines throughout his trial.

In the course of the trial, it was reveal that Baines acquired two girls who have been acquaintances to create a false alibi for him and threatened one with hurt if she did not stand by the alibi. He additionally claimed that an individual, who was in Pennsylvania on the time of Perry’s demise, was the shooter.

Suzanne Russell covers crime, courts and different types of mayhem from all through the Central Jersey space for the USA Immediately Community New Jersey. Contact her at

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