An accomplice who facilitated the September 2016 shooting death of 19-year-old Lance Beckett has pleaded guilty while the alleged triggerman in the case is being tried on murder charges.
Quashawn Emanuel, 19, has admitted his role in the homicide under a plea deal that requires he testify against alleged triggerman Mada Eoff, 18, of Trenton, whose murder trial kicked off Tuesday with opening statements.
Lance Beckett (Facebook photo)
Eoff, who is 6-foot-4 and 195-pounds, appeared calm when a prosecutor emphasized the defendant’s height and braided hairstyle. He looked confident when a public defender suggested the state has no scientific or physical evidence to win a conviction.
“Mada Eoff shot Lance Beckett three times,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Tim Ward told the jury in his opening salvo. “Mada Eoff murdered Lance Beckett.” Read more
Cops guard the murder scene of Trenton’s first homicide of 2018.
TRENTON >> A man was shot and killed early Tuesday morning on the 1100 block of West State Street, officials confirmed.
The Homicide Task Force continues to investigate the circumstances of the murder, Trenton’s first of the year.
The fatal shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m., prosecutors said, next to the Mercer Street Friends preschool at the intersection of West State Street and South Eastfield Avenue.
The bloody aftermath of a New Years Eve homicide in the capital city. (David Foster - Trentonian)
After an ambush-style New Year’s Eve slaying, the capital city concluded 2017 with 24 homicides, which includes the deaths of Lea Pringle and Rodney Taylor, whom both were killed by hit-and-run drivers.
That number does not include the “suspicious death” of Lillian Duran, whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag on the side of Lamberton Street. A medical examiner ruled Duran’s death inconclusive, but law enforcement sources believe she died from a drug overdose after being forced to take a “hot bag” of dope, then later dumped on the side of the road as a warning to others.
That number also excludes the suspicious death of Gregory Wright Jr., who was found unresponsive in his Lexus in the area of Spring Street and Kafer Alley. Prosecutors await an official autopsy report and have not publicly announced his death as a homicide, but police sources with knowledge of the investigation believe he was assaulted before being placed in his car, where detectives later found him. Read more
DAVID FOSTER — THE TRENTONIAN
Blood soaks the sidewalk outside a Trenton home on the 100 block of Brown Street, where a 45-year-old female was murdered and a male suffered a gunshot wound on New Year’s Eve.
A city resident had planned to go out for a beer on New Year’s Eve.
Then, a female friend invited him to church.
“I said, ‘What the hell. I’ll do the right thing. I’ll go to church. It’ll be better than going to a bar and getting drunk and this is what happened,’” the 37-year-old male resident said New Year’s Day outside the home where his female friend was shot to death the previous night at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Police identified the man’s friend as 45-year-old Gladys Barrera, of Trenton. She was pronounced dead outside the home on the 100 block of Brown Street.
The male victim also suffered a graze wound to his head but was released from the hospital.Read more
UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 45-year-old Gladys Barrera.
The capital city couldn’t make it through the start of a new year without another murder.
A female was shot and killed Sunday night, marking the 24th homicide to occur in Trenton, which includes two hit-and-run deaths.
The female was shot in the 100 block of Brown Street around 11:30 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene. A male was injured in the shooting as well, but he is expected to survive.
Of the 24 killings in 2017, 20 victims died by gunfire, two died by stabbing and two died by automobile.
Medical personnel have been so busy that The Trentonian selected all first responders working in the capital city as the newspaper’s 2017 Persons of the Year.
The gunshot victim who died Thursday night after crashing his vehicle in the North Ward has been identified as a suburban man who hailed from Hunterdon County.
Brian Ficzko, 40, of Flemington, crashed his car into a utility pole and another vehicle about 6 p.m. Thursday outside the Fast Trac Mini Mart along the 300 block of Mulberry Street, according to law-enforcement officials. Read more
Trenton Police investigate a homicide involving a gunshot victim who crashed on the 300 block of Mulberry Street on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (SULAIMAN ABDUR-RAHMAN - The Trentonian)
A gunshot victim crashed his vehicle in the North Ward and died from his injuries Thursday night, marking the city’s latest homicide.
Police received a call for a motor vehicle accident on the 300 block of Mulberry Street about 6 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived on scene, they located a male in the vehicle who had struck a pole and another vehicle, according to Trenton Police Lt. Stephen Varn.
The victim was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Police at the time treated the incident as a conventional motor vehicle accident but then summoned the Mercer County Homicide Task Force upon learning that the male victim behind the wheel of the crashed vehicle had been shot, according to Varn. Read more
A 300-pound disabled man who suffers from a spinal cord injury is the alleged gunman who shot and killed 51-year-old Tyrone “Big Face” King Sr. in broad daylight Sept. 17.
Wade Williams, 42, appeared in court Wednesday in a wheelchair and sporting an orange jumpsuit as his defense attorney Robin Lord suggested it would be “cruel and unusual punishment” for the handicapped city man to be detained without bail at the Mercer County jail.
Wade Williams (left) and Tyrone King Sr.
The Mercer County Homicide Task Force arrested Williams Dec. 5 at his girlfriend’s house in connection with the murder of King, a beloved family man who is survived by four children and several siblings.
The state has surveillance video footage, cellphone tower data and statements from confidential informants and an eyewitness to prove that Williams is the triggerman who gunned down King on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in North Trenton, according to court documents. Read more
The man accused of shooting and killing 26-year-old Tisheen Mack in a summertime crime of passion has been indicted on manslaughter charges.
Jihad “Jay” Jenks, 23, of Ewing, remains free on electronically monitored home detention as he awaits post-indictment arraignment, according to court records. He is accused of gunning down Mack near the intersection of East State Street and Chambers Street in Trenton July 23.
A grand jury handed up an indictment last Wednesday charging Jenks with second-degree manslaughter committed in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit, court records show. Read more
Ronald Parker (Facebook image)
Ronald Parker loved cancer sticks.
He smoked for years. Newports were his favorite. Multiple hospital visits, near-fatal health complications and constant harassment from his wife to quit was not enough to convince him to kick the habit.
“That was his downfall, his smoking. He loved them Newports,” said his wife, 42-year-old Adrian Clayborn-Parker, who was married to the Trenton man for 10 years and was with him for more than two decades. “If you had them, he’d smoke along with you.”
Parker’s affinity for cigarettes led him to develop emphysema, a lung disease that made it hard for him to breath and nearly cost him his life, having to be placed on a ventilator a handful of times over the last two years, his wife said.
But in the end, it wasn’t what killed him. Read more