Authorities say a man from Cumberland County has been found guilty in connection to a fatal shooting in Fairfield Township about three and a half years ago.

According to the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, 29-year-old Frank J. Baker of Seabrook was found guilty of the July 20th, 2019, shooting death of Jair Rennie.

The trial began on January 6th and a jury returned the verdict Wednesday morning after deliberating for less than three hours.

Baker was convicted of,

  • First-degree murder
  • Second-degree firearms offenses
  • Third-degree conspiracy
  • Hindering his own apprehension
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Obstruction

The shooting happened in the backyard of a home on Longview Drive in Fairfield Township where Rennie was shot four times. Hours later, he died from his injuries at Inspira Medical Center in Vineland.

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Officials say after the shooting, Baker disposed of the murder weapon and then traveled to his father’s home in Lawrence Township where he washed himself in bleach and others disposed of physical evidence. Baker was then taken to Delaware before family members convinced him to surrender to New Jersey State Police.

As a result of the verdict, Baker now faces 30 years to life in prison.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 24th.

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