Judge grants witness protection order as state seeks to keep alleged Trenton killer locked up

A judge granted a prosecutor’s motion on Tuesday that prevents alleged killer Leroy Tutt from seeing all evidence or knowing what witnesses police have relied upon to obtain probable cause for his Aug. 5 arrest.

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

Tutt, 30, of Trenton, has been charged with murder and weapons offenses on allegations he shot and killed 19-year-old Nebate Anderson about 3 p.m. June 30 on Sanford Street.

Tutt is an ex-con who recently served time in state prison for unlawful handgun possession and aggravated assault. He may have been motivated by revenge when he allegedly gunned Anderson down.Read more

Self-confessed Trenton killer gets 17 for slaying Zaire Gibbs

A cold-blooded killer is going to state prison.

Seth Z. Bowers

Seth Z. Bowers

Seth Bowers, 22, of Trenton, has been sentenced to 17 years of incarceration for shooting and killing 25-year-old Zaire Gibbs in the capital city last year.

Originally charged with murder and weapons offenses, Bowers pleaded guilty a few months ago to one count of first-degree aggravated manslaughter. He confessed to shooting Gibbs about 3:50 p.m. June 1, 2016, during an altercation on Washington Street in Trenton. The victim died 24 hours later at the hospital from his mortal wounds.Read more

Alleged killer Tyleeb Reese gets indicted in connection with deadly 35-hour standoff

Alleged killer Tyleeb Reese, who commanded international attention earlier this year during a 35-hour deadly standoff with police, has been indicted on heavy criminal charges.

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

A Mercer County grand jury on Wednesday handed up an 18-count indictment charging Reese with a variety of offenses ranging from murder to resisting arrest, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Reese, 35, of Trenton, is accused of shooting and killing a civilian, 56-year-old Robert Powell Jr., during the early hours of the standoff on May 10. The standoff ended about 5 p.m. May 11 with Reese surrendering peacefully. A judge eventually ordered Reese to be held without bail on pretrial detention. Read more

Notorious shooting victim arrested for Trenton murder

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

A man who was notoriously shot in the butt earlier this year has been arrested in connection with a capital city murder.

Leroy Tutt, 30, was arrested Saturday night in connection with the murder of 19-year-old Nebate Anderson. Trenton patrol cops saw Tutt driving a vehicle near the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Evans Avenue and arrested him for murder and related offenses as a result of warrants issued in connection with Anderson’s death.

Anderson was gunned down on June 30 in the first block of Sanford Street, where police found him lying on the ground between a car and a minivan. He lived across the street from where he was shot. Read more

Man shot, killed while sitting inside car

Jerome J. Thomas

Jerome J. Thomas

A registered sex offender was shot and killed Friday night while seated inside his vehicle in North Trenton, becoming the city’s 15th homicide victim of 2017.

Jerome J. Thomas, 21, of the Somerset section of Franklin Township in Somerset County, suffered multiple gunshot wounds on the 600 block of Southard Street about 7:50 p.m. Friday, authorities said. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The at-large triggerman was described as a black male who fled the scene after the shooting, police said.Read more

Man murdered in Trenton Monday night

Police investigate a murder in Trenton (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police investigate a murder in Trenton (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Less than 24 hours before residents were expected to swarm the streets for the annual block party to combat crime, a man was murdered in the capital city.

This is crazy,” a woman on her way to work said Tuesday morning as she navigated crime scene tape and a police barricade to continue her daily walk. Read more

Violent Mercer County inmate gets 25 years for killing cellmate

(Left) Darryl Boone, (Right) Lamar Gaines

(Left) Darryl Boone, (Right) Lamar Gaines

A Trenton man who admitted to killing his cellmate at the Mercer County Correction Center has been sentenced to 25 years in state prison.

Lamar Gaines, 22, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence behind bars for strangling and beating 38-year-old Darryl Boone to death in 2013. Read more

Trenton mayor talks bail reform and violence after latest homicide

Tisheen Rasheen Mack (pictured) was murdered in Trenton Sunday night (Facebook photo)

Tisheen Rasheen Mack (pictured) was murdered in Trenton Sunday night (Facebook photo)

Hours after a man was murdered Sunday night, marking the second capital city homicide in less than a week, the mayor called upon parents to take a more active role in their children’s lives, and for lawmakers to revisit the state’s bail reform legislation.

“It’s important to know where your kids are, who they’re associating with, and who their friends are,” Mayor Eric Jackson said Monday in a phone conversation, adding that bail reform poses a challenge to public safety. “I believe lawmakers need to take a second and third look at bail reform in cooperation with law enforcement. It’s frustrating to have police do the work to lock up criminals, but 24 hours later they’re back on the street smiling and waving at them saying, ‘I told you I’d be back.’” Read more

Man murdered in Trenton Sunday night

Police investigate a murder in the 800 block of East State Street Sunday night. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

Police investigate a murder in the 800 block of East State Street Sunday night. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)

A man was shot and killed Sunday night, marking the second capital city homicide in less than a week. Read more

Brunswick Pharmacy killer finally gets sent to prison

Jamar Myers (N.J. Department of Corrections Photo)

Jamar Myers (N.J. Department of Corrections Photo)

The gunman who shot and killed a beloved Trenton pharmacist in April 2011 is now serving hard time in the state prison system.

Jamar Myers, 31, of Lalor Street in Hamilton Township, is doing 30 years behind bars for murdering Brunswick Pharmacy owner Sri Arjun Reddy Dyapa, 54, during the commission of a robbery.

The incident occurred April 29, 2011, when Myers walked into the pharmacy demanding drugs and shot Dyapa once in the chest when the victim refused to comply.Read more