Trenton teen indicted in connection with Shamere Melvin murder

A grand jury returned a five-count indictment Wednesday charging a city teen with the murder of Shamere Melvin, who was gunned down in December 2013.

Melvin, 17, was shot and killed in the 300 block of North Clinton Avenue around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2013. When police arrived on-scene, they found him lying on the sidewalk against a chain-link fence suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Melvin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alberto Lopez, who was 16-years-old at the time, was arrested a few days after the killing and charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with Melvin’s death. At a bail hearing last year, prosecutors said Lopez staged a fake drug deal in order to rob Melvin, which resulted in the killing.

Lopez was indicted on charges of murder, felony murder, robbery and related weapons offenses. He remains in jail on $750,000 bail.

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