Liberian U.S. Military Officer Murdered In 2011 Case Trial Starts Soon

dardar-paye-8704f12331be81ca{By Anna Merriman | For NJ.com} –  It’s been over five years since army veteran and Liberian immigrant Dardar Paye was kidnapped, shot to death and left in the trunk of a car, according to prosecutors.

Now, three of the five men originally arrested for his killing will go finally go to trial in September.

Mack Edwards, Phobus Sullivan and Danuweli Keller are three of the five men arrested in connection with 33-year-old Paye’s death in January of 2011. The other two men, William Brown and Abdutawab Kiazolu, will be tried separately.

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William Brown 30, Mack W. Edwards, 29, Danuweli Keller, 27, and Abdutawab Kiazolu, 26, and Phobus E. Sullivan, 31, have been charged in the 2011 slaying of a U.S. Army veteran.

Paye was robbed and shot to death in a Monmouth Street Basement in 2011, prosecutors have said. Police discovered his body when they pulled over a car driven by Sullivan with Edwards as a passenger. Authorities have said Paye’s body was in the trunk and that he had a single gunshot wound to his head.

During a status conference Friday Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier scheduled a start date for the murder trial on September 26. It is scheduled to run through October, Billmeier said in court, adding that it would be a, “lengthy trial.”

Dardar Paye fought for the U.S. military in the 1990s, serving tours in Iraq and Kosovo. He also served in the New Jersey National Guard. He was found dead in 2011

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.