Report on Sundiata Acoli Hearing

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October 15, 2015 by socialaction2014

Moorbey'z Blog


A man convicted of killing a state trooper four decades ago is asking the state Supreme Court to uphold a ruling that granted him parole last year.

Sundiata Acoli

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Sundiata Acoli

The court heard oral argument Tuesday in the case of Sundiata Acoli, now 78, who received a life sentence for killing trooper Werner Foerster during a chaotic midnight shootout on the Turnpike in 1973. Known as Clark Edward Squire at the time, Acoli was one of three members of the Black Liberation Army who faced off against Foerster and another trooper who was injured but not killed.

Sundiata Acoli

Trooper Werner Foerster

One of Acoli’s accomplices was Joanne Chesimard, a fugitive who was placed on the FBI’s “most wanted” list in 2013. She was convicted alongside Acoli, but escaped from a Hunterdon County prison in 1979 and is now living in Cuba.

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