NEW BRUNSWICK – Friday, a jury convicted Carteret resident Keith McBride of causing the death of a 42-year-old Rahway man during a 2006 robbery.
McBride’s former girlfriend Janean Owens, 23, was convicted of aggravated manslaughter in May for shooting Robert Funderberk in the head with McBride’s handgun while they were riding with Funderberk to pick up cigarettes, according to testimony presented at both trials.
McBride and Owens then drove the victim’s SUV to Newark, where they took his cash and jewelry and dumped the body, according to trial testimony.
A jury found McBride guilty of causing Funderberk’s death during the commission of an armed robbery, armed robbery, conspiracy, hindering, weapons offenses, theft of his vehicle and desecrating human remains for moving his body. He was acquitted of the actual murder and some other minor charges, such as conspiracy to commit theft.
According to Assistant Middlesex County Prosecutor Thomas Mannion, McBride faces from 30 years to life on the felony murder charge and at least another 30 on the additional charges.
McBride is scheduled to be sentenced on April 20.
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