Notorious Trenton man goes on trial for murder

Quaadir Gurley

Quaadir Gurley

A Trenton man whose name has been linked to numerous murders in Trenton goes on trial this week.

Isiah Greene is charged in the slaying of 24-year-old Quaadir “Ace” Gurley, a high-ranking Bloods gang member who was gunned down at the Donnelly Housing complex in July 2013.

Jury selection in Greene’s murder trial begins Tuesday and is expected to last a couple days. Opening arguments from Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor James Scott and defense attorney Mark Fury are expected to come later this week before Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier.

Greene rejected prosecutors’ offer of 25 years for aggravated manslaughter. He also has two pending cases where he is charged with attempted murder in a separate shooting and drug charges in another case.

Greene is a notorious figure in Mercer County who was at the center of Keith Wells-Holmes’ murder trial this year. Green was the scapegoat in a third-party guilt defense put on by Wells-Holmes’ defense attorney, Caroline Turner.

She said he was a more likely suspect in the slaying of Andre Corbett, relying on forensic evidence that showed Greene’s DNA had showed up on a can inside a gold van authorities linked with Corbett’s murder. Greene, who was never charged, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. Well-Holmes was acquitted.

Greene has no prior felony convictions, prosecutors have said.

The murder case against him remains a mystery, although prosecutors disclosed at a hearing last year a key witness in his murder case was killed.

The identity of the slain man has never been revealed, and prosecutors are unaware of a link between Greene and the man’s murder, nor was he charged with the witness’ death. It is unclear how critical the slain witness’ testimony was to prosecutors’ case against Greene.

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