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Neptune Man Convicted in Eatontown Murder

Lashawn Fitch was the last of four men to stand trial in connection with the 2008 murder.

A Neptune man was found guilty in the 2008 murder of anEatontown man, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Tuesday.

Lashawn Fitch, 23, was convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, and weapons possession.
 
On March 11, 2008, Eatontown Police Department received a 911 call reporting shots fired at 264 Route 35 in the borough around 10:15 p.m. Officers responded to the scene to find Nathaniel Wiggins, 23, with a gunshot wound. Wiggins was transported to Jersey Shore University Medical Center and was pronounced dead the next morning.

Fitch, along with Tahj Pines, 28, and his brother, Aron T. Pines, 23, both of Neptune, and Kenneth M. Bacon-Vaughters, 24, of Asbury Park traveled together in a car to Wiggins’ Eatontown apartment in Eatontown intending to rob Wiggins. Fitch and three of the others left the car to approach the apartment, while Aron Pines remained in the car. One of the men brandished the weapon and shot Wiggins before all four fled the scene.

Bacon-Vaughters and Taj Pines were previously convicted of murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, and weapons possession. Aron Pines was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery.

Fitch was the last of the four to stand trial. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the murder conviction.

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