2 Trenton men get hit with prison sentences in connection with murder cases

Two Trenton men charged in separate murder cases will serve hard time behind bars. Marquis Skillman, 30, received an 11-year prison sentence last week for his role in the 2013 shooting death of Rayshawn Ransom while Tomarkus Whitfield, 39, received a sentence of 19 years and six months in the slammer for killing Pinkey Priester … Read more →

Trenton detective tells tale of the tapes in Batie murder retrial

Veteran city police detective Scott Peterson believes he has a keen eye for criminals. But will jurors in the second murder trial of two men suspected of killing off-duty Mercer County corrections officer Carl Batie see what the Trenton Police detective sees on surveillance tapes? Peterson, the husky homicide investigator, remarked with an air of … Read more →

Batie murder suspect’s brother mostly mum on witness stand

The tantrum-throwing, paper-tossing twin brother of a suspected killer behaved a bit better on the witness stand the second time around. The last time he was on the stand a few months ago, Marquis Skillman, the twin brother of suspected killer Maurice Skillman, tossed the written statement he gave Trenton detectives to the ground and … Read more →

Trenton man charged in Mercer County corrections officer’s slaying was arrested night of murder

Maurice Skillman was arrested for fighting with another black man outside of Trenton banquet hall on the same day a Mercer County corrections officer was gunned down there while attending a re-election party for President Barack Obama, according to testimony. Trenton Police Officer Timothy Long said he pulled up to a panicked scene outside of … Read more →

Trenton man charged in relation to city shooting death pleads guilty to robbery

A man implicated with two others for his role in a deadly, gang-related shootout that ended the life of Rayshawn Ransom in June 2013 pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and is expected to be sentenced to 11 years in state prison. Marquis Skillman, 28, was charged along with West Ward gang members Alton Jones, 23, … Read more →

Dyquise Leonard pleads guilty in connection with Rayshawn Ransom murder

One of the three men charged in connection with the shooting death of Rayshawn Ransom pled guilty Tuesday to one count of attempted murder. Ransom, 19, was shot and killed on June 12, 2013, while sitting in a car with two friends on Passaic Street. Authorities have said that Alton Jones, 23, and Dyquise Leonard, … Read more →

Two suspects in Trenton murders reject plea deals, will go to trial

A suspect in four New Jersey murders was offered 40 years in prison Monday for guilty pleas to his two alleged slayings in Mercer County last summer. Alton Jones, 23, appeared before Mercer Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez along with his suspected accomplice in the first murder, Dyquise Leonard, who rejected a deal giving him … Read more →

Marquis Skillman

  • Arrested: June 17, 2013
  • Age: 28
  • Gender: Male
  • Race: Black

Pled guilty in the June 12, 2013, death of Rayshawn Ransom.