Superseding indictment charges new man in 2014 Trenton murder

The state is suddenly prosecuting a new co-defendant in connection with the 2014 murder of 20-year-old Enrico Smalley Jr.

Alvie Vereen (left) and Shaheed Brown

Alvie Vereen (left) and Shaheed Brown

South Woods State Prison inmate Alvie Vereen, 27, has been charged with accomplice liability murder and weapons offenses under a superseding indictment that also charged co-defendant Shaheed Brown as an accomplice in the four-year-old Trenton homicide case.

Prosecutors since summer 2014 have accused Brown of being the triggerman and sole party responsible for Smalley’s violent death, and Brown has subsequently weathered three murder trials that each ended with a hung jury.

Brown, 34, of Trenton, used a third-party shooter defense that implicated Vereen in the murder, but the state seemingly rejected that argument until this month, when the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office presented its case to a grand jury that resulted in the explosive superseding indictment charging both men with first-degree accomplice liability murder. Read more

Woman murdered in Trenton Tuesday, suspects set getaway car on fire

Police investigate a murder in Trenton Tuesday afternoon. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)

Police investigate a murder in Trenton Tuesday afternoon. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)

A reputed gang member who was suspected in several capital city shootings was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in a notorious crime hotspot.

Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday.

Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday.

Shaela Johnson, a 19-year-old member of the Crips street gang, was shot and killed around 2:15 p.m. when two gunmen sprayed up the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue, according to law enforcement who say she was shot approximately 14 times.

Police sources say video of the shooting shows the gunmen pull up in front of a deli, jump out of a vehicle and fire at Johnson and another person standing with her on the corner. The store was effectively closed for the day following the latest capital city bloodshed.

Sources say Johnson appears to be the target of the shooting, as one gunman stood over her and fired a few rounds while she was on the ground, striking her in the arms, chest and head. Read more

Leroy Tutt admits killing Trenton teen, gets 7 years

He did it.

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt is serving seven years in state prison for admitting he shot and killed 19-year-old Nabate Kalil Washington in broad daylight last year.

Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson, suffered fatal gunshot wounds about 1:50 p.m. June 30, 2017, near his Sanford Street home in Trenton. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities linked Tutt to the homicide and then arrested him Aug. 5, 2017. Tutt, 32, who has prior convictions for drug distribution, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, originally pleaded not guilty in the murder case but later confessed to the slaying after his initial trial ended June 6 in a hung jury. Read more

Philly man murdered in Trenton Sunday night

In this file photo, law enforcement investigate a murder in the Wilbur section of Trenton.

In this file photo, law enforcement investigate a murder in the Wilbur section of Trenton.

With the winter holiday season upon us, bullets continue to fly in the capital city.

A Philadelphia man was shot and killed Sunday night, becoming the city’s second murder victim within a four-day period. Read more

Self-confessed killer gets 12 years for Trenton stabbing death

Stanley Miller

Stanley Miller

The man who stabbed 21-year-old Abraham Jeditoe to death in 2013 has finally been punished for his deadly crime.

Stanley Miller IV, 31, of Trenton, has been sentenced on Friday to 12 years of state imprisonment for fatally stabbing Jeditoe on Chambers Street near Trenton Central High School.

Miller pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and must serve 85 percent of his sentence behind bars before he can become eligible for parole, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Read more

Man shot in the head in Trenton Wednesday afternoon

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on the 300 block of Spring Street in Trenton.  Penny Ray - The Trentonian

Police investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on the 300 block of Spring Street in Trenton.
Penny Ray - The Trentonian

The police response was quick: cops sped through the city, down Perry to Passaic, then over to Spring Street.

But it was too late. Read more

Trenton double murder suspect plotted to kill ‘rat’ codefendant

Kimberly Whitaker and Bobby Hood

Kimberly Whitaker and Bobby Hood

Shaquille McNeil wanted “Chuck E Cheese” dead.

Chuck E Cheese wasn’t the mascot of the popular family fun center but a “rat” co-defendant he believed was going to testify against him in the double slaying of a Philadelphia rapper and his friend, according to newly obtained court documents. Read more

Shaheed Brown’s third murder trial ends with hung jury

Alleged killer Shaheed Brown remains in legal limbo following another mistrial.

Shaheed Brown listens to testimony from New Jersey State Police Detective Joseph Itri. (FILE PHOTO)

Shaheed Brown listens to testimony from New Jersey State Police Detective Joseph Itri. (FILE PHOTO)

Brown’s third murder trial ended Thursday with a hung jury, prompting his defense attorney to file a motion seeking to get the indictment dismissed.

Brown, 34, of Trenton, is accused of shooting and killing 20-year-old Enrico Smalley Jr. about 1:20 a.m. July 12, 2014. Trenton Police were dispatched to the corner of Poplar Street and North Clinton Avenue, where they found Smalley lying on the sidewalk in front of La Guira Bar suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. Smalley was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Read more

Trenton man was killed over $600 drug debt: DOCUMENTS

Stephan Green (left) and Jibri Chisolm

Stephan Green (left) and Jibri Chisolm

Court documents related to the death of 26-year-old Jibri Chisolm say he was killed because he owed his plug $600 for marijuana.

Stephan Green, also known as “Chop,” is accused of murdering Chisolm on the night of September 14 after setting up a meeting in which Green was supposed to supply additional pot to Chisolm’s associate, who was also shot that evening. Read more

Trenton man arrested for murder of Jibri Chisolm

Stephan Green (left) and Jibri Chisolm

Stephan Green (left) and Jibri Chisolm

A convicted felon was arrested Sunday in connection with the death of 26-year-old Jibri Chisolm.

Stephan P. Green, 30, is charged with murder, attempted murder and related weapons offenses in connection with a September 14 shooting that injured a second victim and left Chisolm dead.

Police found Chisolm and another 26-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds on Bond Street a little before midnight. Chisolm suffered gunshot wounds to the head and abdomen; he later died at the hospital. The second victim suffered a non-life-threatening bullet graze to his right hip.

As a result of the investigation, prosecutors say, warrants were issued for Green’s arrest. He was apprehended Sunday morning at a hotel in South Brunswick by the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Green was previously sentenced to three years of hard time after a third-degree conviction for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to online court records.

Judge Robert Billmeier sent Green to the slammer in February 2012 after he was hit with aggravated assault and gun charges in 2009, court records show.

The circumstances behind those charges weren’t immediately clear from the court records.

Green was indicted in December the same year, according to court records, and hit with a superseding indictment in April 2011 in which prosecutors leveled additional charges of terroristic threats and aggravated assault.

Green admitted to a third-degree aggravated assault charge as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, records show.

Green is being held at the Mercer County Correction Center pending a detention hearing.

Prosecutors have not disclosed a motive for Chisolm’s killing.

Trentonian staff writers Penny Ray and Isaac Avilucea contributed to this report.