Co-defendant in Myspace Murder gets shot in Trenton
TRENTON — Another of the suspects in the 2008 Myspace Murder was gunned down on a Trenton street, only hours before a jury announced the conviction of his co-defendant, Keith Williams, authorities said today.
The victim was identified as Brandon Edwards, aka “Sheistbub,” who is awaiting trial for his alleged role in the assassination of Arrell Bell, 20, on May 1, 2008.
Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Brian McCauley said after a jury came in with the murder-conspiracy conviction of Williams Friday morning that he learned one of the three other co-defendants had been shot overnight.
Though a Trenton spokesman was not available for confirmation this morning, Williams defense lawyer Mark Fury said he was told Edwards was the victim. Fury said 10 shots were fired at Edwards and another man and that “Sheistbub” was shot through the torso.
McCauley said he’s expected to live and that Trenton police were investigating to see if the curbside gunning had anything to do with the case against Williams, who was still awaiting this morning’s verdict when codefendant Edwards was shot.
Williams was convicted of setting up the murder of Bell in My Space messages with codefendant Karim Sampson and also indicted Edwards and John Murphy — all gangsters in the SMM wing of the Bloods.
Fury said the shooting might not have anything to do with Bell case, but could be “just another example of what life is like for African-American males between the ages of 19 and 25. It’s disheartening.”