OLD BRIDGE –Three 17-year-old Old Bridge residents have been charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder following the death this morning of a 49-year-old township resident, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Acting Chief Robert Bonfante of the Old Bridge Police Department announced.
The three males, all Old Bridge residents, previously had been charged with conspiring to commit an aggravated assault and aggravated assault upon Divyendu Sinha. The homicide charges were filed after Sinha was pronounced dead at 4 a.m. today at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, authorities said.
Sinha was taken to the hospital after he was beaten shortly before 11:42 p.m. on June 25, as he was walking with his family on Fela Drive in Old Bridge. No weapons were used in the assault, authorities said.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed tomorrow by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office.
While an investigation into the death remains active, preliminary findings indicate the assault was not racially motivated and that Sinha was the victim of a random attack. A final determination will not be reached until the investigation is completed, authorities said.
The three juveniles were remanded to the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center in North Brunswick following a preliminary Family Court hearing in New Brunswick this morning before Superior Court Judge Roger W. Daley.
The three juveniles are scheduled to return to Family Court on July 1 for a preliminary hearing on the murder and murder conspiracy charges.
Their names are being withheld because of their ages, authorities said. They were arrested and charged on June 26.
After the investigation is completed, Kaplan will review all reports in the case and will decide whether to seek to try the three in Superior Court as adults.
Officials are asking anyone with information about the case to call Detective Greg Morris of the Old Bridge Police Department at (732) 721-5600, or Investigator Paul Miller of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-4466.