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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: February 28, 2013

 

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Edison man convicted in fatal shooting

 

††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that an Edison man was convicted today of fatally shooting another township resident in the victimís apartment more than two years ago.

 

††††††††† Luis Padilla (DOB 4/4/83) was found guilty of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon in the fatal shooting November 23, 2010 of Kevin Meisnest, 25.

 

Padilla, who has remained in custody since his arrest shortly after the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 29, 2013 to up to life in prison with no chance of parole until he completes 85 percent of the term.

 

A jury sitting at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick returned the verdict to Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz after deliberating about five hours over two days.

 

During a trial that began on February 4, 2013, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Weiss presented evidence and testimony showing Padilla, who was a friend of the victim, shot Mr. Meisnest five times in his apartment at 14 D Casey Avenue in Edison.

 

An investigation by Detective Frank Varga of the Edison Police Department and Investigator Brian Gilmurray and Investigator Michael Daniewicz, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, determined that Padilla went to a relativeís home in Brooklyn, N.Y. after he killed Mr. Meisnest.

 

Padilla was brought to a precinct station in Brooklyn on November 24, 2010, and was charged on November 25, 2010.

Police began the investigation after receiving a phone call on November 24, 2010 from Mr. Meisnestís employer, who was concerned when Mr. Meisnest, a tow truck driver, failed to report for work.

 

Edison police met the employer at Mr. Meisnestís apartment, went inside and found the victim.