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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 8, 2011
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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: April 8, 2011
Man pleads guilty; co-defendant charged in 2006 homicide
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a
In addition, an accomplice, Jesus Tejada (DOB 3/10/78) was charged on April 7, 2011, with felony murder after Investigator Rodney Blount and Lt. Ivan Scott, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, determined that Tejada played a role in an attempted robbery that resulted in the death of Francisco Urbina Serrano, 57, of New Brunswick.
who was deported to the
Under a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Neil J. Casey, Jesse Belliard (DOB 1/31/89) of New Brunswick admitted pushing Mr. Serrano during the robbery attempt on February 26, 2006, in New Brunswick.
part of the plea agreement, Belliard will be
imprisoned for 10 to 15 years when he is sentenced on June 20, 2011 by Superior
Court Judge Glenn Berman in the Middlesex County Courthouse in
Belliard was arrested and charged in 2006 following the investigation by Blount, who, at the time, was a detective in the New Brunswick Police Department, and Scott, then an investigator with the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office.
investigation began after police were called at 12:30 a.m. on February 26,
2006, to an alley between 175 and
Serrano was taken to
An autopsy by the Middlesex County Medical Examinerís Office concluded that Mr. Serrano died from head injuries.
The investigation determined that Tejada waited outside a bar for Mr. Serrano to emerge, and convinced Belliard to help rob the victim.
Mr. Serrano walked toward his home on
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Investigator Blount, or Lt. Scott at the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-3300.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Tejada is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.