‘Boom Bat’ trial set to begin arguments on charges for ordering death of witness

Opening statements are set for Thursday morning in the fourth murder trial of a Latin Kings gang leader accused of ordering the murder of a 23-year-old woman to ensure her silence after she witnessed the abduction of a fellow gang member.

Jose “Boom Bat” Negrete

Jose “Boom Bat” Negrete

Two weeks after attorneys began the process of selecting, whittling down and peppering a pool of more than 100 prequalified prospective jurors with questions about their thoughts on gangs and whether the defendant’s gang ties would impact their ability to serve fairly and impartially, they came away Wednesday with a panel of 16 jurors for the trial of Jose “Boom Bat” Negrete, who is charged with ordering the Aug. 30, 2004 murder of 23-year-old Jeri Lynn Dotson. Read more

Trenton man arrested in connection with Taquan McNeil murder

A Trenton man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a murder that occurred last month.

Naquan Green

Naquan Green

Naquan M. Green, 26, was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday by members of the Fugitive Unit and the Counter Gang Intelligence Unit of the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Prosecutors say Green was found inside an apartment on Bellevue Avenue. He is charged in connection with the murder of 25-year-old Taquan McNeil. Read more

Suspect in Chevin Burgess murder offered plea deal

One of two men charged in connection with the shooting death of Chevin Burgess, whose badly charred body was found inside an abandoned burning vehicle, was offered a plea deal that requires him to serve a 25-year prison sentence and cooperate with the state against his co-defendant.

Joeryan Foreman

Joeryan Foreman

Joeryan Foreman, 20, charged with counts of murder, arson, robbery and weapons offenses, would be required to admit guilt to a reduced charge of aggravated manslaughter after authorities said he helped alleged triggerman Calier Samad, 27, dispose of the body.

As a part of the plea bargain, Foreman would also receive nine years for aggravated arson, which would run concurrently to the sentence imposed on the manslaughter charge, Assistant Prosecutor James Scott said during a status hearing Monday.
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Retired Trenton cop donates money to local father, plans to start non-profit

(left to right) Amanda Austin holding Jakalya, one of James Austin's twin daughters, Kim Bellamy, and Luddie Austin holding the other twin Janalya.

(left to right) Amanda Austin holding Jakalya, one of James Austin’s twin daughters, Kim Bellamy, and Luddie Austin holding the other twin Janalya. (Contributed photo)

When Kim Bellamy was 14 years old he started street hustling to earn extra cash.

A few years later, while still in high school, Bellamy’s first child was born, and he realized that he needed to find a job that paid more than what he earned on the streets. So, Bellamy decided to transfer from Trenton Central High School to Daylight/Twilight, where he could attend morning classes, leaving him free to start work in the early afternoon. But as Bellamy tried to navigate the process of transferring schools, he decided to drop out completely so that he could work full-time and support his family.

At the time that Bellamy dropped out of high school, he was a senior and only needed five more credits to graduate. Today, at the age of 27, Bellamy still does not have a high school diploma. But he has finally enrolled in Daylight/Twilight, where he attends adult classes. He is scheduled to graduate this spring. Read more

Nigel Dawson and William Brown found guilty of Tracy Crews murder

A camouflage ski mask with traces of William Brown’s DNA.

Jailhouse informants who said co-defendant Nigel Joseph Dawson confessed he fatally shot Tracy Crews, a Bloods gang member and convicted drug dealer, in the neck with a 9 mm luger inside the kitchen of his Whittaker Avenue residence on Sept. 12, 2008.

And Crews’ dying declaration, as told by his widow, Sheena Robinson-Crews, that Brown, known as “Paperboy,” was responsible for the murder of his close friend.

Those were the state’s strongest proofs in the Crews’ murder trial.

“Everything else,” Steven Lember, the attorney for Brown, surmised during summations, “was reasonable doubt.”

But on late Friday afternoon, after two days of deliberation a jury of 12 convicted Brown and Dawson on eight counts of felony murder, murder, robbery and weapons offenses, not quite how defense attorneys boldly predicted at the outset of an action-packed trial, defined by salacious allegations of a setup by Crews’ best man and former roommate, Brown, over $40,000 in drug proceeds. Read more

Attorneys give closing arguments in trial for murder of Tracy Crews

Nigel Dawson and William Brown are accused of the 2008 murder of Tracy Crews. (Submitted photos)

Nigel Dawson and William Brown are accused of the 2008 murder of Tracy Crews. (Submitted photos)

William “Paperboy” Brown cared about one thing and one thing only. And it led him to betray his best friend, Tracy Crews, in the worst way, the prosecutor, Al Garcia, said Tuesday, summing up the drama-packed Crews murder trial.

Brown’s nickname, Garcia said during closing arguments, is “Paperboy. Not Tracyboy. Paperboy, because he’s all about the paper. And that’s what they were trying to get when they shot Tracy Crews.”

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Authorities investigating fatal shooting in city’s West Ward

Police are investigating a shooting that claimed the life of a city man early Sunday morning.

Taquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton (Mercer County Prosecutor's Office Photo)

Taquan McNeil, 25, of Trenton (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Photo)

According to Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn the incident occurred in the city’s West Ward around 2:20 a.m. Varn said that officers were detailed to the 100 block of Boudinot Street on report of a male shot. Upon police arrival they found the victim, identified as Taquan McNeil, 25, lying on the sidewalk in front of 131 Boudinot suffering from gunshot wounds. Varn said the 25-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more

Inmate testifies about widow’s alleged role in murder of Tracy Crews

A Pennsylvania inmate testified Wednesday that Sheena Robinson-Crews, the widow of a Trenton gang member, confessed setting up her husband’s Sept. 12, 2008 murder.

Maria Cappelli appeared by video conference from state prison in Muncy, Pa., and said she could no longer keep the alleged confession a secret so she reported it to corrections officials about two years after Robinson-Crews reportedly confided in her sometime in 2009 while they were housed at the Bucks County jail. Read more

Trenton murder victim’s widow tells court about his final moments

“Who did this to you? Who did this to you? Who did this to you?”

Sheena Robinson-Crews held her husband close, frantically asking him for the identity of the person who shot him inside the couple’s Whittaker Avenue residence on Sept. 12, 2008.

A dying Tracy Crews spit up a mouthful of blood and mumbled the name of his close friend, Robinson-Crews testified Tuesday.

“Pa-per-boy.” Read more

Trenton man indicted in connection with Naquan Ellis murder

A city man has been indicted in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Naquan Ellis.

Grady A. Blue III

Grady A. Blue III

Grady A. Blue III, 22, was indicted last week on charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and related weapons offenses in connection with a June 2014 shooting that killed Ellis and injured a woman.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of the North 25 Housing complex. Ellis suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The female victim sustained non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to her leg and hand. Read more