Murder suspect enters not guilty plea in Trenton shooting death
A Trenton man accused of fatally shooting 33-year-old Pinkey Priester entered a not guilty plea at an arraignment Monday.
Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Gasparian said at a bail hearing she spoke with the victim’s family but needs more time to speak with the lead detective in the case before presenting Whitfield with a plea offer.
Authorities said Whitfield fired at Priester during a longstanding financial dispute. Priester was found lying in the street in a pool of blood on the 300 block of Centre Street on June 16 and later died at a local hospital.
Whitfield was arrested by Mercer County Prosecutor’s Detective Gary Wasko and the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force on Division Street.
Whitfield has an extensive criminal history, remains jailed in lieu of $750,000 cash bail, prosecutors said.