WEST ORANGE, NJ - Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced yesterday that Jamar Holmes, 32, of West Orange, was convicted for the murder of Donald Andrews, 40, of East Orange.

 Holmes was found guilty of murder, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

A videotape taken at Bush Liquors & Deli on Tremont Avenue in Newark on January 1, 2011, showed Andrews inside the store, reaching into the refrigerator to select an item for purchase.  The video then showed  Holmes walking  into the store, and stabbing Andrews in the back with a 6 inch butcher knife.

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The victim and defendant knew each other and had quarreled earlier that day, according to witnesses. The nature of the argument is unknown.

“I want to thank the jury for ensuring that justice was served on behalf of Mr. Andrews’ family,” said Assistant Prosecutor Naazneen Khan, who tried the case before the Honorable Peter J. Vazquez, J.S.C.

“This was a senseless, brutal murder,” said Assistant Prosecutor Jason Hollingsworth, who tried the case with Assistant Prosecutor Khan.  

Sentencing is scheduled for October 23, 2012. Homes faces a minimum of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.