NEW BRUNSWICK — Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today that his office will file a motion with a Family Court judge seeking a waiver to try five teens charged with the murder of Dr. Divyendu Sinha as adults.
Sinha, a 49-year-old resident of Fela Drive in Old Bridge, was attacked on June 25, at 11:42 p.m. as he was walking in his neighborhood with his wife and two children.
As a result of the injuries sustained in that attack, Sinha was pronounced dead at 4:42 a.m. on June 28. An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Sinha died as a result of blunt force trauma to his head.
The Old Bridge Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office arrested three 17-year-old Old Bridge males on June 26, who were subsequently charged with Sinha’s murder. Two additional Old Bridge males, aged 16 and 17, were arrested on July 1 and charged with the murder.
All five have been detained at the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center since the date of their arrests. The same five teens have also been charged with assaulting a Caucasian motorist minutes before the attack on Sinha and his family, authorities said.
The prosecutor’s office is still investigating to determine if it is appropriate to file bias charges in the case.
To move the case to adult court, the prosecution will be required to show that the juveniles are at least 16 years of age and that there is probable cause for the signing of murder complaints, which must be accompanied by a statement of reasons.
If these elements are established, the Superior Court, Family Part judge hearing the case is required to issue an order waiving the juveniles to adult court. The prosecutor’s office will file the motion within the next seven days.
If the teens are convicted as juveniles, they face a maximum sentence of 20 years, while the maximum exposure in the adult court for murder is 30 years to life.
Authorities are continuing to investigate Sinha’s murder, but do not expect to make any additional arrests.
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