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

Guilty confessions abound in Trenton Lyft rideshare murder case

Douglas Mathis saw the writing on the wall.

When several co-defendants pleaded guilty in the November 2016 murder of Lyft rideshare passenger Amber Dudley, Mathis realized his best course of action was to confess his role in the plot.

(From left) Douglas Mathis, Ronderrick Manuel, Andrew Alston, Kasey DeZolt and Dominique Richter

(From left) Douglas Mathis, Ronderrick Manuel, Andrew Alston, Kasey DeZolt and Dominique Richter

Mathis, 53, of Trenton, pleaded guilty last Friday to one count of second-degree robbery in a deal that calls for him to cooperate with the state and receive seven years of prison time subject to the No Early Release Act, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. His accomplice liability murder charges will be dismissed when he is sentenced later this year. Read more

Disabled Trenton man’s 2014 violent death remains partially unsolved

One suspect remains at large in the slaying of intellectually disabled Trenton man Rodney Burke, but a larger degree of justice has been served in the murder case.

Three co-defendants who participated in the deadly November 2014 robbery-turned-homicide are serving state prison sentences after admitting their roles in the violent crime.

(From left) Alexandria Gomez, Kenneth Hines and Jaquan Dallas

(From left) Alexandria Gomez, Kenneth Hines and Jaquan Dallas

Jaquan Dallas, 22, of Trenton, fired the fatal shots that took Burke’s life and is serving a 25-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter. Read more

Cops search for hit-and-run motorist in fatal crash

Elvin Rivera

Elvin Rivera

Police are searching for a hit-and-run motorist who killed a pedestrian earlier this year.

Elvin Rivera, a 37-year-old tattoo artist born in the capital city, was struck by a hit-and-run motorist in the first block of Morris Avenue around 3:30 a.m. on January 11. He died at the hospital later that night.

“Elvin had a passion for art and drawing,” his obituary states. “His creativity and talent for permanent art as a tattoo artist was inspiring to many.” Read more

Justice slowly prevails in 2011 Trenton murder of U.S. Army veteran Dardar Paye

(From left) Mack Edwards, Abdutawab Kiazolu, Danuweli Keller, Phobus Sullivan and William D. Brown

(From left) Mack Edwards, Abdutawab Kiazolu, Danuweli Keller, Phobus Sullivan and William D. Brown

The family of slain U.S. Army veteran Dardar Paye, whose body was stuffed inside the trunk of a car after being murdered execution style in 2011, is close to getting full and total justice for their loss.

In addition to Danuweli Keller being convicted in the case and sentenced to 61 years of incarceration, three other co-defendants have recently pleaded guilty for their roles in the crime and the fifth co-defendant is already serving a 50-year prison sentence for killing another victim in an unrelated case. Read more

Trenton Lyft rideshare killer admits to slaying Amber Dudley, 2 more co-defendants confess

(From left) Douglas Mathis, Ronderrick Manuel, Andrew Alston, Kasey DeZolt and Dominique Richter

(From left) Douglas Mathis, Ronderrick Manuel, Andrew Alston, Kasey DeZolt and Dominique Richter

Three of the five people charged in connection with the grisly November 2016 murder of Lyft rideshare passenger Amber Dudley have pleaded guilty.

The triggerman in the case, Ronderrick Manuel, 44, of Trenton, admits he shot and killed 27-year-old Dudley during a robbery in Trenton’s North Ward. He pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in a deal that calls for him to cooperate with the state and serve 30 years of prison time, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. Read more

Man murdered in Trenton double slaying was aspiring rapper

Philadelphia rapper Elmii Problema, whose real name was Jerard Perdomo-Santana, (left) and Ivan Rodriguez (right) were both murdered in Trenton on Monday in a double slaying. This still image comes from a Facebook video of the two men driving around and listening to music on Jan. 12.

Philadelphia rapper Elmii Problema, whose real name was Jerard Perdomo-Santana, (left) and Ivan Rodriguez (right) were both murdered in Trenton on Monday in a double slaying. This still image comes from a Facebook video of the two men driving around and listening to music on Jan. 12.

A man murdered this week in a capital city double slaying was an up-and-coming rapper.

Elmii Problema, whose real name was Jerard Perdomo-Santana, had just released his debut mixtape, Maxima Seguridad, last year. Read more

Jury delivers mixed verdict in murder of Lance Beckett

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

A jury has found 18-year-old Mada Eoff guilty of murdering Lance Beckett, who suffered fatal gunshot wounds in Trenton in September 2016, but the jury also found the city teen not guilty of brandishing a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

The jury’s mixed verdict, handed down Thursday morning, prompted public defender Jessica Lyons to argue for the Superior Court to overturn the murder conviction, saying it is “inconsistent” for her client to be convicted of murder while simultaneously being exonerated of the weapons offenses.Read more

Second Monday murder victim identified

One of the victims in a January 22 shooting drove this vehicle to the hospital after fleeing the scene. (L.A. Parker - Trentonian)

One of the victims in a January 22 shooting drove this vehicle to the hospital after fleeing the scene. (L.A. Parker - Trentonian)

The second man who was killed Monday afternoon has been identified as 19-year-old Ivan Rodriguez, of Philadelphia.

Rodriguez and 25-year-old Jerard Perdomo-Santana, who was identified Tuesday, were in a car near the intersection of Ashmore Avenue and Washington Street around 2:30 p.m. when gunfire rang out. Both of them were later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A third victim who survived the shooting drove a separate vehicle to the hospital, where he was later questioned by detectives. Read more