NJ man accused in dad’s death faces new murder-for-hire charge

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TOMS RIVER, N.J. — A new murder-for-hire accusation against a New Jersey man in the death of his father two years ago could result in a life sentence without possibility of parole, prosecutors said.

Mark Austin, 30, of Brick Township, and a co-defendant were originally charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons counts in the death of Austin’s 55-year-old father, Mark, who was found beaten to death in his Brick Township home in September 2019.

Ocean County prosecutors on Friday announced a superseding indictment against Austin, alleging that he procured commission of the murder with payment or promise of payment. A co-defendant has pleaded guilty.

Austin’s attorneys earlier accused authorities of tricking the co-defendant into a false account of the case.

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