Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder did not immediately respond on Wednesday to a request for comment.
NEWARK — A city man Wednesday was convicted of beating a woman in her Millburn home while her children were nearby, but he was acquitted of a more serious charge of attempted murder.
A jury found Shawn Custis, 45, guilty of second-degree aggravated assault for the June 21, 2013 attack that was recorded on a home security "nanny cam." The victim was punched and kicked and thrown down the basement stairs. His lawyer, John Mc Mahon of the Public Defender's Office, said Custis waived his right to hear the verdict.
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NEWARK — In a 2013 home invasion attack in Millburn, a "nanny-cam" video captured an African-American man beating a woman and throwing her down the basement stairs in front of her 3-year-old daughter.
But after the assailant had fled and township police arrived at the scene, the video also caught a detective using racial slurs against the attacker.
Those portions of the video recently came to light in the case against Shawn Custis, who has been on trial on attempted murder and related charges in connection with the June 21, 2013 incident. After the jury had left on Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Ronald Wigler held a hearing in which he reviewed those sections of the video.
Accused attacker confessed, officer says During the hearing, Millburn Detective Collin Mc Millan, who is white, was identified as the detective who can be heard uttering the racial epithets.
Two other officers were allegedly in Mc Millan's presence when he uttered some of the remarks.
At a hearing on Wednesday, Wigler indicated those portions of the video could be played for the jury and that Mc Millan could be questioned on the witness stand during the trial.
The judge told Custis's attorney, John Mc Mahon, that Mc Millan is "fair game for you to have extensive cross-examination and to delve into those racial issues." The jury has already viewed the portion of the video that includes the attack itself, but jurors have not seen the portions including the racial slurs.
Jurors are scheduled to return on Monday to continue hearing testimony in the trial.
But Mc Mahon also said he is looking to question other township police officers about whether they knew Mc Millan is a "racist," and examine why he was allowed to participate in the "nanny-cam" investigation.