Linden man convicted of murder

A Union County jury has found a local man guilty of all charges in connection with a 2011 gang-related murder, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Thursday.

Eugene Cady, 27, of Linden was convicted of charges including murder and weapons offenses following 12 hours of jury deliberation spread over two days and a six-week trial before state Superior Court Judge Robert A. Kirsch.

Shortly before 11 p.m. on August 21, 2011, Linden Police Department patrol units rushed to the 900 block of Union Street to find 24-year-old Kason Wilson suffering from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, according to Union County Homicide Task Force Supervisor Michael Henn and Assistant Prosecutor Stacey Zyriek, who prosecuted the case. Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene shortly thereafter.

The homicide had been preceded by numerous gang-related shootings in Elizabeth, Linden, and Roselle that had taken place during the prior two months. An investigation involving the Task Force, Union County Police Department Firearms Identification Unit, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Linden Police Department, and Roselle Police Department revealed that the killing was the result of a simmering feud between Cady, a confirmed member of the Rollin’ 30s set of the Crips street gang based in Roselle, and Wilson, a member of the G-Shine set of the Bloods street gang based in Linden, Henn and Zyriek said.

Cady was charged with murder in January 2013 and held on $1 million bail, then indicted six months later.

Henn and Zyriek expressed their sincere gratitude to the members of the jury in this case for their personal devotion of time and attention.

Sentencing in the case has been set for Friday, June 2 before Judge Kirsch.