Third man arrested for alleged role in Lance Beckett murder

Omar Kennedy (Mugshots.com)

Omar Kennedy (Mugshots.com)

A third man has been arrested for his alleged role in the death of a city teen who was shot and stomped in Trenton last month.

Omar Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Lance Beckett. Kennedy was arrested Wednesday morning at a home in Richmond, Virginia.

Officials say the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force developed leads on Kennedy’s whereabouts and sent that information to its counterpart in Virginia. Kennedy is being held at the Richmond Justice Center pending extradition to New Jersey. His bail was set at $1 million.

Beckett was gunned down shortly before 3 p.m. on September 18. Police found him lying in the grass along East Stuyvesant Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Citizens told The Trentonian they heard five gunshots, one of which sounded different than the other four, and that one of the shooters stomped on Beckett’s head after he dropped to the ground.

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)

Beckett was pronounced dead at the scene.

Quashawn Emanuel, 18, and a 17-year-old male were arrested in connection with Beckett’s death a few days after the shooting, and charged with murder and weapons offenses.

At a bail hearing, prosecutors said Emanuel denied shooting Beckett, but admitted he knew he was “sleepwalking” him to his death.

Prosecutors believe Emanuel lured Beckett into the alley, but officials have not said whether the juvenile, Kennedy or both fired the fatal gunshots.

Emanuel is being held on $1 million bail; the 17-year-old boy is being housed in the Middlesex County Juvenile Detention Center. Charges against the unidentified teen are being heard, at the moment, in juvenile court. But there’s a possibility he’ll face charges as an adult.

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