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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: August 20, 2012
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County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: August 20, 2012
New Brunswick man convicted of murder
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced that a
Following six days of testimony, a jury sitting in New Brunswick deliberated about two hours over two days before finding Brian Fowlkes (DOB 2/23/78) guilty of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of the weapon for an unlawful purpose in the fatal shooting May 22, 2004, of Hassan Bass, 24.
The conviction is the second for Fowlkes, who was found guilty in August 2005 of murder and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, but was granted a new trial by the Appellate Division of Superior Court in January 2010.
During the retrial that began with jury selection on July 30, 2012, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Bina Desai argued that Fowlkes shot and killed Bass during their dispute, which began while both men were serving custodial terms at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Yardville.
After serving their terms for unrelated aggravated assault convictions, the dispute continued and culminated when Fowlkes shot and killed Bass outside a fast food restaurant at George and Hassart streets in New Brunswick.