NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 26-year-old Franklin man was in custody today on charges of fatally shooting another man in New Brunswick on June 30 and then dumping the body in a wooded area in Franklin Township.

Abubakaar “Diddy” King, 26 of Franklin Township was charged with the murder of Darren Fordham Jr., according to a joint news release from the offices of the Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey,  and Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson.

In addition to murder, King was also charged with desecrating human remains in the second degree, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in the second degree, possession of a weapon in the third degree, hindering one’s own apprehension in the second degree, and tampering with evidence in the fourth degree on July 5, according to police. 

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Fordham Jr.'s body was found in a wooded area near Phillips Road and the Pine Grove School, in Franklin Township on July 1, 2018, with multiple gunshot wounds, according to police. 

The New Brunswick Police Department believes King murdered Fordham Jr., at the Hamilton Garden Apartments in New Brunswick, on June 30, 2018, according to officials. 

King is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick pending a Detention Hearing in New Brunswick Superior Court.  

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Andrew Weiss of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732) 745-5200 or Detective David Abromaitis at (732) 745-4436.

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