Trenton man kills ex-Trenton cop’s son, gets 25 years behind bars

A city man who shot and killed a retired Trenton cop’s son in cold blood has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison. Admitted killer Robert Bartley, 26, received the expected quarter-century sentence last Friday before New Jersey Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier. In September 2014 Bartley pleaded guilty to firing a lethal gunshot … Read more →

Attorneys for Trenton man convicted in cop son’s death ask to toss ‘inconsistent verdicts’

A judge who was “flying blind” in a conspiracy-murder trial crashed the plane, a defense attorney said. And a Trenton man’s right to a fair trial perished when a jury, confused about how to reconcile competing legal issues, “compromised” by reaching “inconsistent” verdicts in August, according to court papers. On the one hand, the jury … Read more →

Man found guilty for role in death of Trenton cop’s son

TRENTON >> When the jury forewoman said “not guilty,” to one of the conspiracy charges, Luddie Austin’s heart dropped. He shook his head in disbelief. A sense of despair eased over him as he contemplated that there would be no “Justice for James,” his son who was shot to death when a “silly, silly” dispute … Read more →

Jury has questions, re-hears testimony in Trenton cop son’s slay case

The jury in the Raheem Currie murder conspiracy trial on Tuesday asked to re-hear testimony from prosecutors’ star witness, focusing on a phone call in which two cousins allegedly discussed a handgun used to kill a retired city cop’s son. The 12-member panel this morning listened a second time to excerpts of Robert Bartley’s testimony. … Read more →

Defense attorney says killer cousin lied, his attorney endorsed perjury

Facing life imprisonment for murder, the cousin of a city man on trial for killing a city cop’s son did whatever he could to get a deal. That included lying under oath at his cousin’s murder conspiracy trial, a defense attorney said. Defense attorney Jack Furlong didn’t stop there, laying out bold and inflammatory allegations … Read more →

Judge tosses conspiracy count in Trenton man’s cop son murder case

While he refused to toss out a more serious charge of murder, a judge on Wednesday dismissed a murder conspiracy count against a city man who allegedly plotted with a cousin to kill a retired city cop’s son in 2013. Assistant Prosecutor James Scott conceded that there was not enough evidence to support a charge … Read more →

Slain Trenton cop’s son, a symbol for community, honored at DC rally

Regina Thompson-Jenkins stood before a sea of supporters outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. as “a grieving mother.” At a rally this month, she called for tighter gun control to quell the violence on the inner city streets. She described how she lost her only son, Tre Lane, who was shot in Trenton in … Read more →

Retired Trenton cop offended by admitted killer’s cop brutality claim

It wasn’t enough that Robert Bartley shot retired Trenton cop Luddie Austin’s son to death in 2013. The admitted killer had to get in another shot Thursday at Austin, and his brothers in blue – some of whom have testified at the trial of a man suspected of conspiring with Bartley to kill Austin’s son, … Read more →

Admitted killer says cousin knew about gun, told him to bring it in cop son slay

Robert Bartley said his cousin knew about, and saw, his .32-caliber handgun, which he kept stowed away in a shoebox inside the room of the cousins’ home in Trenton. Bartley, formerly of Chicago, moved to Trenton sometime around 1999, he testified Thursday. At some point, he moved in with his cousin, Raheem Currie, and his … Read more →

Judge shoots down mistrial in Trenton cop son slay case

A judge Thursday morning rejected a request from Raheem Currie’s defense attorney for a mistrial based on testimony from a Trenton Police officer who noted that the victim, James Austin, was the son of a retired police officer. Currie is being tried for conspiring with his cousin, Robert Bartley, to murder Austin, the slain 18-year-old … Read more →

One of two suspects in murder of James Austin to file motion to dismiss

One of two city men charged in the shooting death of James Austin, the son of a veteran city cop, plans to file a motion to dismiss an indictment charging him with murder, his attorney said. Andrew Mark Ferencevych, an attorney for Raheem Currie, 22, unveiled plans at a Monday status hearing but didn’t specify … Read more →

Suspects in three separate murders reject plea deals, headed for trial

Suspects in three separate city murders, including the slaying of a retired cop’s son, were set up for trial Monday after they rejected plea deals with prosecutors. Raheem Currie, suspected of driving the admitted triggerman to the killing of James Austin on Feb. 26, 2013, pleaded not guilty to a new indictment based on grand-jury … Read more →

Robert Bartley pleads guilty to killing son of Trenton cop

Robert Bartley apologized and pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting and killing James Austin, son of a veteran Trenton cop, in the doorway of the victim’s home on Feb. 26, 2013. In return for his plea to aggravated manslaughter, Bartley, 23, will be sentenced to 25 years in prison, with no chance for parole until he’s … Read more →

Suspects plead not guilty to murder of James Austin

Two men pleaded innocent Wednesday to charges that they conspired and killed 18-year-old James Austin, son of retired Trenton police Sgt. Luddie Austin. Around 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 26, police found Austin lying in the foyer of a residence in the 900 block of East State Street suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. … Read more →

Man charged in James Austin’s death makes bail

TRENTON — Robert Bartley and Raheem Currie, charged in the murder of 18-year-old James Austin, had their bails reduced by Judge Robert Billmeier on Thursday. Bartley, who is charged with felony murder, murder, possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, saw his bail dropped from $1 million to $750,000. … Read more →

Arrests made in James Austin case

Less than 24 hours after James Austin, the son of retired Trenton Police Sgt. Luddie Austin, was murdered, Trenton police and the U.S. Marshals made two arrests in the case on Wednesday. James Austin was gunned down while allegedly fighting with another man on the 900 block of East State Street Tuesday afternoon. His vehicle … Read more →

Robert Bartley

  • Arrested: Feb. 27, 2013
  • Age: 22
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Pled guilty in the Feb. 26, 2013 death of James Austin.