Judge reduces bail for Trenton woman charged with sister’s vehicular death

Sharelle Anderson

Sharelle Anderson

Sharelle Anderson was allowed to see her deceased sister Thursday morning before being transported to court where a judge reduced her bail, stating that it was excessive considering the facts surrounding the case.

“I think $500,000 bail is excessive; it doesn’t represent what this case is about,” Mercer County Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez said at a bail hearing Thursday. “But this is a very serious offense and she has to be held accountable.”

Anderson, 37, is charged with death by auto, driving while intoxicated and other motor vehicle offenses in connection with the death of her 34-year-old sister, Tina Anderson, who died September 24 after the SUV they occupied flipped several times as it crossed the Southard Street bridge.

Tina’s funeral was scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, according to her obituary, and prosecutors allowed Sharelle to see her sister hours before the burial. Sharelle appeared for the bail hearing via video and wiped tears from her eyes as attorneys sparred about whether to release her from jail. Read more

Man who shot his own genitals arrested in James Wells slaying

Antonio Sloan

Antonio Sloan

A convicted Trenton man who was recently released from state prison for accidentally shooting himself in the genitals with his own gun has been arrested Wednesday morning on the most serious of charges: Felony murder.

Antonio “Riot” Sloan, 25, was being held on $1 million bail on charges accusing him of being the suspect who slayed 72-year-old James Wells in a vicious attack.

Wells was a well-respected Trenton man who died last week from critical injuries he had suffered in the Sept. 13 brutal beating. Read more

Notorious Trenton man goes on trial for murder

Quaadir Gurley

Quaadir Gurley

A Trenton man whose name has been linked to numerous murders in Trenton goes on trial this week.

Isiah Greene is charged in the slaying of 24-year-old Quaadir “Ace” Gurley, a high-ranking Bloods gang member who was gunned down at the Donnelly Housing complex in July 2013.

Jury selection in Greene’s murder trial begins Tuesday and is expected to last a couple days. Opening arguments from Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott and defense attorney Mark Fury are expected to come later this week before Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier.

Greene rejected prosecutors’ offer of 25 years for aggravated manslaughter. He also has two pending cases where he is charged with attempted murder in a separate shooting and drug charges in another case. Read more

Trenton man dies following Sept. 13 street assault

Police said that a 72-year-old man who was assaulted on Sept. 13, has died.

According to police James Wells was assaulted in the 100 block of East Hanover Street. Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn police were detailed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center around 8:56 p.m. on September 13.

Upon arrival, the officers spoke with Wells, whom police said was unable to provide much information as to what had occurred. Wells died at the hospital, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Read more

Trenton woman dies after being ejected from vehicle, driver charged with death by auto

A makeshift memorial for Tina Anderson, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash, is seen on Walnut Avenue in Trenton. Sept. 24, 2015. (JACKIE SCHEAR— TRENTONIAN)

A makeshift memorial for Tina Anderson, who was killed in a motor vehicle crash, is seen on Walnut Avenue in Trenton. Sept. 24, 2015. (JACKIE SCHEARTRENTONIAN)

Sharelle and Tina Anderson may have been returning home from Sharelle’s birthday celebration when the SUV they occupied flipped several times as it crossed the Southard Street bridge, ejecting Tina from the vehicle.

There’s a video posted on Facebook, and based on what I saw, it looked like they were on their way back home,” one of the sisters’ relatives who asked to remain anonymous said.

Tina Anderson (contributed photo)

Tina Anderson (contributed photo)

Tina, 34, succumbed to her injuries around 1:20 a.m. Thursday at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Police say the accident occurred just before midnight when Sharelle, who turned 37 on Wednesday, lost control of a Mercury Mountaineer. Police say she was driving northbound on Southard Street when she tried to pass a vehicle near the crest of the Southard Street bridge. Police say she lost control of the SUV, which then hit the curb and rolled several times. Tina was ejected from the vehicle; no other passengers besides her were in the car. Read more

Man shot and killed Sunday morning in Trenton

Police investigate a homicide that occurred in an alley in the 100 block of Locust Street. September 13, 2015. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police investigate a homicide that occurred in an alley in the 100 block of Locust Street. September 13, 2015. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

City rapper Unkle Lord, who was a founding member of Section Family Entertainment, was shot and killed Sunday morning.

Lord, whose legal name is Davae Dickson, 21, was gunned down around 11 a.m. Sunday. Prosecutors investigating the case said ShotSpotter detected gunfire and then police received an emergency 911 call reporting that gunshots were heard in the city’s East Ward.

Prosecutors say the shooting happened in the rear of the 100 block of Walnut Avenue, which is also known as Morton Alley. When police arrived on-scene, they found Dickson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, and he later died at the hospital.

Dickson’s friends and colleagues describe him as a “jokester who could make anyone laugh.” People who knew him said they were surprised to hear that Dickson was murdered because “he’s not the type to be involved in trouble.” A man who says he produced music with Dickson for about four years said Dickson knew several street hustlers, but was not involved in the gang lifestyle. Read more

Trenton man indicted in connection with murder of Patrick Walker

Anthony Concepcion

Anthony Concepcion

A city man who allegedly fled to Florida to avoid being arrested for the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Patrick Walker, which occurred outside of La Guira Bar, has been indicted in connection with the killing.

Anthony Concepcion, 23, was indicted Wednesday by a Mercer County grand jury that charged him with murder and related weapons offenses for allegedly killing Walker in December. Read more

Prosecutor releases report on 2013 fatal police-involved shooting in Trenton

(Left to Right) Detectives William Miller, Edgar Rios and James Letts received the NJ State PBA's highest honor for their bravery during an August 2013 shootout in Trenton. (Contributed Photo)

(Left to Right) Detectives William Miller, Edgar Rios and James Letts received the NJ State PBA’s highest honor for their bravery during an August 2013 shootout in Trenton. (Contributed Photo)

On the morning that Eric McNeil was justifiably shot and killed by police, he presumably knew that his life would end that day.

According to the results of the investigation, which was released Wednesday by the county prosecutor’s office, McNeil sent a text message to a family member earlier that morning stating, “I might not be alive this whole day so ima tell you now dat I love you.”

On the morning of Aug. 15, 2013, McNeil allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house and brutally beat her; he also stabbed and killed her three-week-old puppy. Police found the victim bruised and beaten and took her to TPD headquarters. McNeil fled the scene before police arrived and was considered armed and dangerous. But unbeknownst to the victim, he later returned to the woman’s home. Read more

Suspect in 2014 stabbing death offered a plea deal for 30 years

The man accused of fatally stabbing 49-year-old Keisha Alexander last year has been offered a plea deal of 30 years in state prison for murder.
Jorge L. Rodriguez, 21, was indicted earlier this year on a dozen charges and faces life in prison without the possibility of parole if he is convicted of killing Alexander.

Jorge Rodriguez

Jorge Rodriguez

His plea deal calls for the 30 years to be run consecutively to any time a judge sentences to him in two separate cases for a January 2014 burglary in Lawrence Township and possession of an imitation firearm from 2013 out of Hamilton, said Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the county prosecutor’s office.

The burglary charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and the imitation gun charge carries a maximum penalty of 18 months in state prison. The sentences are stayed while the murder case is pending, court officials said.
Rodriguez’s attorney, Kathleen Redpath-Perez, said Thursday in court she intends to file court papers to try to suppress her client’s statement to police. She may also seek an expert to determine Rodriguez’s “mental state” when he spoke to police, although she said her client’s competency does not appear to be in question.

Several members of Rodriguez’s family were present for the proceeding. Rodriguez, his hands shackled and wearing orange prison garb and a skull cap, waived to them when he was brought into court by sheriff’s officers.
Rodriguez is accused of breaking into Alexander’s Edgewood Avenue apartment early June 21, 2014. He beat and sexually assaulted Alexander after she confronted him, prosecutors have said, then stabbed her with a knife and left her inside her apartment to die.

A neighbor heard the woman screaming and called police. Alexander died at the scene.
Rodriguez was arrested the same day as the murder remains in jail on $500,000 cash bail.

Police report shows possible drug motive for murder of Andre Corbett

Zihqwan Clemens

Zihqwan Clemens

Detectives who investigated the shooting death of Andre Corbett focused on a dispute, possibly over turf, he may have had with drug dealers working the blocks in and around the crime-ridden housing complex where he was gunned down in 2013, police records show.

While witnesses told the detective who worked on the homicide case that they believed Corbett’s death was somehow drug-related, prosecutors never suggested drugs as a possible motive during the murder trial of suspected killer Keith Wells-Holmes. Not short on innuendo, they lacked the evidence upon which to base such an assertion.

Wells-Holmes, who had jokingly referred to himself by a nickname given to a notorious cocaine kingpin, was ultimately cleared in Corbett’s murder.

One of the few references to drugs at his trial came when convicted felon and admitted drug dealer Michael “Murder Mike” Barnes memorably referred to Corbett as a “crackhead.”

The Trentonian had obtained a 25-page police report written by Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Bryan Cottrell shortly after the conclusion of Wells-Holmes’ murder trial. Read more