- Associated Press - Saturday, March 4, 2017

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A man accused of fatally shooting a neighbor during a robbery last year has been indicted on felony murder charges.

Union County prosecutors say Jimmy Kearney also faces murder, robbery and weapons counts in the indictment recently handed up by a county grand jury. The 18-year-old Elizabeth man remains jailed on $750,000 bail and could face a life sentence if convicted on the felony murder charge.

Kearney is charged in the death of 61-year-old Robert Rouse, who was shot and killed Oct. 31 in Elizabeth. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kearney was soon identified as a suspect and was arrested later that day.

Authorities have not said what was stolen in the robbery or why Rouse was shot.

It wasn’t known Saturday if Kearney has retained an attorney.


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