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Man convicted of staging robbery that turned fatal


ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey man accused of staging a robbery that led to the death of a female acquaintance has been convicted of felony murder.

Union County prosecutors say 37-year-old Rashawn Bond of Newark was also convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and robbery charges in the October 2008 death of 35-year-old Tanya Worthy of Green Brook.

Prosecutors say Bond invited Worthy to his home, where she was accosted by several men. Two of them drove Worthy to her home, believing large quantities of cash were stashed there, but they soon fled with her after Worthy’s boyfriend foiled the robbery bid.

Worthy was fatally shot inside her car, which was driven to Elizabeth and set on fire with Worthy’s body inside.

Bond faces life in prison when he’s sentenced July 18.