South Carolina Man Convicted of Murder in Middlesex County
New Brunswick, September 14, 2023 – In a landmark verdict delivered by a jury on September 12, 2023, Marcus A. Wright, a 27-year-old man from South Carolina, was found guilty of the killing of John Bertram in the Township of Edison on December 20, 2018. The conviction came after a week-long trial that commenced on September 5, 2023, before Superior Court Judge Andrea Carter.
The tragic incident unfolded when Mr. Bertram, an employee at the Speedway Gas Station on Amboy Avenue in Edison, was shot and killed. The assailant, Marcus Wright, was later apprehended in Beaufort, South Carolina, on January 3, 2019, and charged with the murder of Mr. Bertram.
During the trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutors Lynne Seborowski and Caitlin Lavery presented compelling evidence and testimonies that established Marcus Wright’s culpability. They demonstrated that he shot John Bertram while committing an armed robbery at the Speedway Gas Station.
The meticulous investigation leading up to the trial was a collaborative effort between the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, spearheaded by Lieutenant David Abromaitis, and the Edison Police Department, headed by Lieutenant Loren Long. Their unwavering dedication and commitment to justice were instrumental in bringing this case to a successful conclusion.
The sentencing of Marcus Wright is scheduled to take place on November 1, 2023, in New Brunswick before Superior Court Judge Andrea Carter. If found guilty, he could potentially face a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. This verdict serves as a stark reminder that justice will be served and that individuals who commit such heinous crimes will be held accountable for their actions.
The conviction of Marcus Wright is a testament to the tireless efforts of law enforcement and the judicial system. It is a step forward in ensuring the safety and security of our communities, and a comforting reassurance to the loved ones of John Bertram that his memory will be honored through the pursuit of justice.
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