Co-defendant in Trenton murder case reaches generous plea deal: 3 years for assault

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 (

Omar Kennedy (

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

Trenton murder trial jury convicts Horace Gordon on all counts

Horace J. Gordon is now a convicted murderer.



Gordon, 38, of Trenton, got convicted on all counts Thursday for shooting and killing 29-year-old Harvey Sharp in June 2015.

“The evidence was really clear in this case,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Devenny told The Trentonian after the verdict came down. “We’ll be recommending life in prison. That’s the least I can do, having the victim’s mother there. No mother should have to bury their child. Having her hear, ‘Guilty,’ that made it all worth it to me.”

Gordon claimed self-defense in the slaying, but a jury unanimously found him guilty of first-degree purposeful murder. Read more

Convicted gunman Isiah Greene confesses to 2013 Trenton slaying

Convicted gunman Isiah Greene is now a self-confessed killer.

Isiah Greene

Isiah Greene

Greene, 24, of Trenton, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to second-degree manslaughter committed recklessly, admitting he killed Quaadir “Ace” Gurley at the Donnelly Homes housing complex in North Trenton.

Gurley was a 24-year-old father of six who suffered numerous gunshot wounds. He died from his injuries during the early morning hours of July 21, 2013. Read more

Alleged killer indicted for murder of North Trenton man

The man accused of killing “Big Face” is in big trouble.

Wade Williams

Wade Williams

A Mercer County grand jury has indicted 42-year-old Wade Williams, of Trenton, with the September slaying of Tyrone King, the North Trenton man known as “Big Face.”Read more

Alleged killer Horace Gordon takes Trenton murder case to trial

The alleged triggerman who shot and killed 29-year-old Harvey Sharp in June 2015 is maintaining his innocence as his case heads to trial.



A jury will determine whether Horace J. Gordon, 38, of Trenton, is guilty or not guilty of the grisly Chambersburg slaying. He is accused of gunning down Sharp on the first block of Cummings Avenue on June 24, 2015, then fleeing from New Jersey to southern Virginia, where he was later apprehended by a U.S. Marshals regional fugitive task force.

The shooting happened on Sharp’s birthday, and sources say it was the result of a “petty argument.” Read more

Alleged killer Isiah Greene gets convicted on gun charge at third Trenton murder trial

Isiah Greene

Isiah Greene

Alleged killer Isiah Greene has been convicted of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm but a jury for the third time still could not reach a verdict on whether or not he murdered 24-year-old city man Quaadir “Ace” Gurley.

The jury issued the partial verdict last Thursday, getting hung on two counts — murder and possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose — but unanimously finding Greene guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm without a permit, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.

Greene, 24, is accused of shooting and killing Gurley in the early morning hours of July 21, 2013. The incident occurred at Trenton’s Donnelly Homes housing complex. Gurley, a father of six, suffered numerous gunshot wounds and died from his injuries. Read more

Judge upholds Trenton murder conviction in slaying of Lance Beckett

Coldhearted killer Mada Eoff, who was convicted last month on first-degree murder charges while also being acquitted of weapons offenses, now faces 30 years to life in state prison after a judge upheld his mixed verdict.

Eoff murdered 19-year-old Lance Beckett during the afternoon of Sept. 18, 2016, with Trenton Police arriving on the scene about 2:50 p.m. to discover the victim lying face down in the grass along East Stuyvesant Avenue in the capital city.

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

One shot struck Beckett in the neck, another shot struck him in the left shoulder and the kill shot entered through his back and exited through his chest, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said. A jury on Jan. 25 found Eoff, 18, to be fully responsible for the murder and handed down a verdict finding him guilty on that count.

But prosecutors failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Eoff possessed a handgun without a permit and that he possessed it for the purpose to commit murder, so the jury found Eoff not guilty on both of the weapons offense counts. Read more

14-year-old Trenton teen arrested for murder

Brian Ficzko

Brian Ficzko

A 14-year-old city male was arrested last week in connection with the murder of Brian Ficzko.

The teen, who’s name was not released because he is a juvenile, is charged with murder, felony murder, robbery and related weapons offenses.

Law enforcement sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case believe Ficzko was in the capital city to purchase drugs. Sources say he was shot during the course of a drug buy when the other party in the transaction decided to rob him. Read more

3 men indicted in Trenton North 25 murder of Wilma Rutledge

(From left) Zion Williams, Rahein McInnis and Togbah Kpehe

(From left) Zion Williams, Rahein McInnis and Togbah Kpehe

Three city men have been indicted on murder charges in connection with the October 2017 North 25 housing complex shooting that killed a city woman and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Zion Williams, 19; Rahein McInnis, 32; and Togbah Kpehe, 24, have each been indicted on one count of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree attempted murder, one count of second-degree aggravated assault and numerous weapons offenses on allegations they participated in the afternoon shooting that killed 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge and wounded the teenage victim.  Read more

Death of Lawrence man found in his car ruled a homicide

Gregory Wright Jr.

Gregory Wright Jr.

The death of a Lawrence man who was found unresponsive in his car last year has been ruled a homicide.

Gregory Wright Jr., 27, died from blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy performed by the Middlesex County Medical Examiner’s Office. The M.E. ruled Wright’s manner of death a homicide.

Police sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation believe the motive behind the killing revolved around the fact that Wright dressed as a woman. Read more