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Arrest made in death of N.J. man

Published October 25. 2012 05:02PM

State police at Fern Ridge have made an arrest in the death of a New Jersey man whose body was found late Monday afternoon buried in Carbon County.

Troopers said Michael Rhubart, 28, of Juniper Rd., Effort, Monroe County, has been charged with criminal homicide, aggravated assault, illegally possessing a firearm, and tampering with evidence. He was arraigned before District Judge Michael Muth, of East Stroudsburg, and committed to the county prison in Snydersville, with no bail set.

He is charged with shooting to death Jubar Hughes, 33, of Newark.

Hughes' body was found buried off Henning Road in Kidder Township, near the Monroe County line, about 5 p.m. on Monday. A resident of the area reportedly saw the grave site and called police.

An autopsy revealed that Hughes died from a shotgun wound to the head.

Troopers said Rhubart was taken into custody in Nanticoke on Wednesday.

Troopers did not release a motive or any other information concerning the incident.

Assisting troopers in the probe were police from Kidder Township, Pocono Mountain Regional, and Nanticoke; along with the Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnik, Carbon and Monroe district attorney offices, Essex County N.J. Homicide Task Force, New Jersey State Police, and Lake Harmony Fire Company volunteers.

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