A Burlington County jury on Tuesday discovered Christopher Costello responsible of aggravated manslaughter within the loss of life of his roommate, Justin Dubois, against the law he dedicated together with his brother.
Costello, 29, was acquitted of homicide in March, however convicted of desecration of human stays and hindering apprehension within the 2016 killing of Dubois in Lumberton. (At that trial, the jury was held on aggravated manslaughter.)
In June, Bryan Costello, 26, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for aggravated manslaughter after accepting a plea deal in April with the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Workplace.
Bryan Costello admitted that he beat the 23-year-old Dubois to loss of life with a baseball bat and buried him within the yard of his Spencer Court docket dwelling with the assistance of his brother.
Christopher Costello, although, had beforehand admitted to serving to to bury the physique, however claimed that Bryan Costello was the one who beat Dubois to loss of life, in line with the prosecutor’s workplace.
“This was a difficult trial, with Bryan Costello attempting to take sole accountability for killing Justin DuBois, however (Assistant Prosecutor Louis Casadia) did a wonderful job focusing the jury on the bodily proof, the character of Justin’s accidents, and the discrepancies within the brothers’ accounts,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina mentioned of Christopher Costello’s retrial.
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“We recognize the eye of the jury members all through the trial and their cautious consideration of the proof in concluding that Christopher was an equal participant on this brutal murder,” the prosecutor mentioned.
Christopher Costello may get a jail time period greater than twice so long as his brother’s when he is sentenced, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
The investigation started as a lacking particular person’s case when a member of the family reported on Oct. 31, 2016 that Dubois, who was from West Windsor, had been uncharacteristically lacking for a number of days, authorities have mentioned.
Investigators received a search warrant to comb the Costellos’ dwelling and observed a patch of soil within the yard that appeared to have been just lately disturbed. They excavated the positioning and located Dubois’ physique. He’d been sometimes staying with the Costello household on the time.
Dubois was a 2012 graduate of Life Heart Academy in Florence who dreamed of enjoying within the NBA, in line with his obituary.
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