Trenton woman reaches likely plea deal in stabbing death of ex-boyfriend

Edna White

Edna White

A city woman accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend to death in February 2014, in eerily similar fashion to a previous beau she killed decades ago, has reached a preliminary deal with prosecutors that would likely result in her pleading down to a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter, her attorney said.

Edna White, 57, is charged with murder in the Feb. 15 stabbing death of 55-year-old Dwelle Jerome Clark.

Witnesses said Clark was stabbed after he caught White rummaging through his mother’s purse and told her to “stay out” of her belongings. Read more

One of two Trenton murder suspects rejects plea deal after other pleads guilty

Raheem Currie

Raheem Currie

One of two men charged with murder in the slaying of the son of a veteran city cop rejected prosecutors’ final plea offer of 10 years and will put his fate in the hands of a jury.

Raheem Currie, 22, who is free on $50,000 bail, rejected prosecutors’ final plea offer Monday calling for him to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of James Austin, the son of retired Trenton Police Sgt. Luddie Austin.

Currie faces a minimum of 30 years in prison for murder if he is convicted by a jury at trial. Read more

Attorney for defendant believes he has cracked the Trenton homicide case

Prosecutors say this surveillance photo shows Shaheed Brown (left) and Enrico Smalley Jr. minutes before Smalley was gunned down outside of La Guira Bar on July 12, 2014.

Prosecutors say this surveillance photo shows Shaheed Brown (left) and Enrico Smalley Jr. minutes before Smalley was gunned down outside of La Guira Bar on July 12, 2014.

Did a dead man order the murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.?

The attorney for a Trenton man accused of gunning down Smalley outside a crime-riddled city bar in July 2014 believes he has cracked the case.

If true, his bombshell allegations would not only exonerate his client, 30-year-old Shaheed Brown, but implicate now-deceased Rodney Sutphin for ordering the murder of Smalley as retribution for another homicide Smalley allegedly committed. One of Smalley’s friends who was at the bar with him the night he was murdered slammed Brown’s attorney in an interview with The Trentonian, saying the suggestion Smalley was killed as payback for another murder is “bull–t.” Read more

Trenton man indicted in connection with stabbing death of Alberto Saquic

Ernier Pacheco

Ernier Pacheco

A city man has been indicted in connection with the 2014 stabbing death of Alberto Saquic, who was killed outside a city bar.

Ernier Pacheco, 19, is charged with murder, related weapons offenses and tampering with physical evidence in connection with Saquic’s death.

Saquic, 21, was stabbed outside of Chapala II Mexican Grill and Bar around 1:15 a.m. on November 30, 2014. When police arrived at the bar that morning, they found Saquic lying on the ground suffering from a stab wound to his chest. Saquic later died at the hospital. Read more

Trenton man with violent past dies in city shooting

By Trentonian reporter Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman

A 28-year-old city man who had recently served time in prison for shooting a rival gang member died Saturday afternoon hours after someone had shot him, authorities said.

Trenton police found Leon McClendon inside his car on Sweets Avenue Friday night suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. McClendon was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Read more

Accused murderer who fled to Virginia still looking to retain attorney

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Trenton man on his birthday had his bail hearing postponed for the second time in as many weeks.

Horace Gordon is accused of gunning down 29-year-old Harvey Sharp on June 24, on the first block of Cummings Avenue, then fleeing from New Jersey to southern Virginia, where he was later apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals.

Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta adjourned the bail hearing for a second time because Gordon is not represented by an attorney on the murder charge. Read more

Defense attorney: Akee Harris acted in self-defense during murder of Edwin Saddler

Akee Harris

Akee Harris

The brother of a city man accused of fatally stabbing a former Trenton Central High School football player last month said Wednesday his brother is not a violent person and was defending himself against “three known criminals” who jumped him outside his home.

That is not how prosecutors said it happened at a bail hearing for Akee Harris, 26, of Ellsworth Avenue. Harris is charged with murder and weapons offenses for allegedly stabbing 22-year-old Edwin Saddler to death June 23.

Harris’ attorney, Jumba Mugwanya, said his client was unarmed and acted in self-defense when he was jumped by three men who were reportedly waiting for him when he pulled up with his girlfriend to his city residence on Ellsworth Avenue.

“The knife was introduced by the other party,” Mugwanya said. Read more

Judge ponders request to wrap all charges together in homicide trial

Louis Bryan Alvarez

Louis Bryan Alvarez

A judge has said he is “inclined” to deny prosecutors’ request to try Masiyah Howard together on unrelated robbery and murder counts rather than at separate trials.

The teenage Howard is charged in numerous crimes in Chambersburg, chiefly the slaying of 25-year-old Louis Bryan Alvarez, who was gunned down at his city home on Feb. 26, 2013. Read more

The state of gangs in Trenton

This picture of a banner in memorial of Jah’vae Minney was shared on social media after his death.

This picture of a banner in memorial of Jah’vae Minney was shared on social media after his death.

After 16-year-old Jah’vae Minney was shot and killed, pictures of him fanning cash and flashing street signs were shared across several social media platforms.

A picture of a memorial banner in honor of Minney’s death was displayed on the front page of The Trentonian, and the banner included the phrase “#116 Gang.”

Minney was gunned down near the corner of Prospect Street and Bellevue Avenue around 11 p.m. on June 26. When the story about his death was published with the aforementioned photographs, readers concluded that Minney was a gangbanger. In the July 2 edition of the newspaper, contributors to Back Talk assumed that Minney was killed because he was in a gang, and even accused him of flashing “gang signs” in a separate picture that was published alongside the story about his death. But police say those assumptions may be false. Read more

Man arrested in Virginia for murder of Harvey Sharp

Harvey Sharp

Harvey Sharp

A man was arrested in Virginia Thursday afternoon and charged in connection with the murder of 29-year-old Harvey Sharp.

Horace Gordon was arrested around 3:10 p.m. Thursday by members of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) Regional Fugitive Task Force in Richmond, Va. The USMS issued a press release Thursday stating that they arrested a man in connection with a murder that occurred in Trenton. A spokesperson for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed the victim of that murder was Sharp, one of two men who died on June 24. Read more