Jury selection starts for ‘Five-star general’ murder trial
TRENTON — Jury selection is underway in the case of the gang “five-star general” charged in the shooting murder of a rival whose hit was ordered on MySpace.
Keith Williams, 23 when charged with assassination of Arrell Bell, 20, on May 1, 2008, is on trial before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert C. Billmeier, who began screening jurors Monday morning.
Bell, of Euclid Avenue, was found shot to death in Stacy Park at the Hermitage Avenue overpass on that May Day. Within hours, cops knew about suspect Karim Sampson allegedly ordering a hit over now-fading MySpace because he thought the young man had told police about an earlier arrest of the two men for robbery.
Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Brian McCauley said at a hearing earlier this year that several instant messages were sent between Sampson, 23, of Quinton Avenue, and “General” Williams of Frasier Street, in the hours before the shooting.
“One posting said Sampson was going to give ‘Broadway,’ as Bell was known to the gang, ‘A bottle for what he did’ and ‘Let’s do it tonight’ and `Let’s go to the park.’ No one is denying that the conversation was about the killing of Arrel Bell,” McCauley said.