Cops arrest fifth defendant in North 25 murder case

A fifth person has been arrested in connection with the Oct. 6 shooting outside the North 25 housing complex that killed a city woman and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Convicted Trenton drug dealer Togbah Kpehe, 23, who recently served time in state prison for possessing and distributing narcotics, got re-arrested Monday and charged with accomplice liability murder and weapons offenses for his alleged role in the slaying of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge.

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe

Trenton Police Detective Scott Peterson of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force arrested Kpehe, the third adult to be charged in the case. Police last month arrested Trenton men Rahein McInnis, 32, and Zion Williams, 18, as well as two 16-year-old teens whom prosecutors have not identified because they are juveniles.

In addition to killing Rutledge, a local grandmother, the wild afternoon shooting outside the North 25 housing complex also injured a 14-year-old girl. 

All five defendants in the case face murder charges for the elder victim’s homicide and attempted murder charges for the teenager getting wounded by gunfire.

Prosecutors on Wednesday filed a motion seeking to keep Kpehe jailed without bail on pretrial detention. His court hearing is scheduled to take place 9 a.m. Nov. 14 before Mercer County Superior Court Judge Ronald Susswein.

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