Alleged killer Leroy Tutt has taken his Trenton murder case to trial.
Tutt, 31, of Trenton, sat poised in the courtroom Tuesday as his public defender painted him as an innocent man while the prosecution portrayed him as the shooter responsible for the death of 19-year-old Nabate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson.
Tutt is accused of murdering Washington in broad daylight on June 30, 2017, an alleged act of retaliation fueled by a previous beef. Read more
Gregory Wright Jr.
A city man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of 27-year-old Gregory Wright Jr.
Eric Prescott, 30, is accused of leaving Wright helpless and unresponsive in his car following an altercation on November 28.
According to prosecutors in the case, Wright and Prescott were arguing in the area of Spring Street and Kafer Alley when Prescott pushed Wright, causing him to fall onto the ground and hit his head on the pavement. Read more
The infant homicide case that shocked the capital city two weeks ago is a horrible tale of death and despair.
Yardis Perez-Perez gave birth to a nameless child and left the baby girl for dead following a night of debauchery that involved drugs and wild sex on South Broad Street, according to court documents.
Yardis Perez-Perez (MCPO)
While undergoing the pains of labor, a pregnant Perez-Perez got drugged up with heroin and had sexual intercourse in various positions with a man who did not know she was an expectant mother, according to court documents.
The 27-year-old Perez-Perez ultimately confessed to infanticide on April 27, subsequently getting charged with manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child about five days after she abandoned her newborn baby, authorities allege. Read more
A fourth person has been charged in connection with a double murder that happened earlier this year.
Lakeisha Hill, 29, of Philadelphia, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a friend’s house in Trenton. She is accused of being an accomplice in the murders of Jerard Perdomo-Santana and Ivan Rodriguez, as well as the attempted murder of a 29-year-old city man.
Perdomo-Santana, a Philadelphia rapper also known as Elmii Probema, and Rodriguez were shot and killed on the afternoon of January 22 in the 300 block of Washington Street. A third victim suffered gunshot wounds to his shoulder and hand before driving himself to the hospital. Read more
Shaquille McNeil (left) and Cecil Blake
One of the three city men charged in the grisly broad daylight double murder of an aspiring rapper and his friend survived being blasted five times in the chest in another daylight shooting last month, sources confirmed to The Trentonian. Read more
A city man was shot and killed late Wednesday night in the capital city’s East Ward.
Aveon Perry, 28, was shot multiple times around 11:35 p.m. Police found him inside the Shell gas station in the 800 block of Greenwood Avenue. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he later died.
Police sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said Perry was shot more than 12 times. Sources say Perry was initially shot outside of the store attached to the gas station, but then ran inside with the shooter in pursuit. The suspect then stood over Perry while he was on the floor in the store and shot him several more times, according to law enforcement sources.
“This is a hard pill to swallow. I’m in tears over this one. You will truly be missed,” one woman wrote on Facebook in memory of Perry. Read more
Yardis Perez-Perez (MCPO)
Prosecutors have charged the Trenton mother who left her newborn baby girl to die after giving birth to her in an abandoned home on South Broad Street, authorities said.
Yardis Perez-Perez, 27, was hit with charges of manslaughter and child endangerment.Read more
An alleged killer who has been jailed on $1 million cash bail since August 2014 has filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking to get the New Jersey Criminal Justice Reform Act abolished.
Shaheed Brown, 34, of Trenton, is suing state officials on allegations he and others in his class are being deprived of speedy trials due to the bail reform law giving “preferential treatment” to defendants arrested after Jan. 1, 2017.
Shaheed Brown listens to testimony during one of his murder trials that ended in a hung jury. (FILE PHOTO)
Brown 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
The man who shot and killed 24-year-old Jahmir Hall had his 10-year prison sentence recently reduced thanks to a lenient judiciary.
Curtis J. Grier, 31, of Trenton, has been resentenced to seven years of incarceration for the 2014 slaying. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless manslaughter, admitting he fatally gunned Hall down about 12:30 a.m. April 19, 2014, in the streets of Trenton.
“Mr. Grier took it upon himself to arrange a reckoning,” Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw said Nov. 10, 2016, when he sentenced the self-confessed killer to 10 years of state imprisonment. Months later, however, Warshaw reconsidered his judgment of conviction after the Appellate Division intervened.
Grier, who has already served more than one year at South Woods State Prison, received delayed leniency last month when Warshaw revisited the case on Appellate Division orders. Warshaw found Grier to be less dangerous at the Feb. 22 resentencing hearing.Read more
A co-defendant charged with murdering 19-year-old Lance Beckett has confessed to aggravated assault in a deal that recommends he serve three years behind bars.
Omar Kennedy, 36, of Trenton, pleaded guilty to an accusation charging him with third-degree aggravated assault, effectively bringing final resolution to the homicide case.
Omar Kennedy (Mugshots.com)
The person most responsible for Beckett’s violent death is convicted murderer Mada Eoff, 18, who was found guilty Jan. 25 in a trial by jury.
Beckett got shot and killed during the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2016, with Trenton Police arriving on the scene about 2:50 p.m. and finding his dead body lying in the grass along East Stuyvesant Avenue in the capital city. Read more