The three men charged in the death of Isaac Rinas were indicted on murder charges by a Passaic County grand jury.
The men face life in prison if convicted, NorthJersey.com reported.
Casey Cole, 18, of Wayne, and Bishma Cowan, 24, and Quashon Faircloth, 27, both from Paterson, were charged with felony murder, murder, conspiracy, robbery, and illegal weapons counts Tuesday, the website reported.
Rinas, 18, was shot in the neck after what authorities said was a robbery-gone-wrong that Cole arraigned after he allegedly promised Rinas he would help him purchase a hand gun.
Police said Rinas drove Cole to Paterson hours after graduating from Wayne Valley High School in June. Cole allegedly set Rinas up to be robbed: Cole and Cowman planned in advance to rob Rinas of the $350 he had with him when they arrived, authorities said.
Cole and Rinas were told to wait for Faircloth on Fair Street. Once there, Faircloth entered the vehicle, got the money, and ordered Cole out of the car; after he attempted to get more money from Rinas, Faircloth exited the vehicle and shot Rinas in the neck. Rinas collapsed on the ground; authorities said.
Cole called 9-1-1 after Rinas was shot and Faircloth reportedly fled on foot.
Cole told the dispatcher that a “tall skinny black guy” shot Rinas.
“My friend just got shot,” Cole said on the call. “He’s dying. Isaac put pressure on it!”
Cole, Faircloth, and Cowan are being held at the Passaic County Jail on $2 million bail each, the website reported. They are scheduled to be arraigned before state Superior Court Judge Marilyn Clark Dec. 2.