Prosecutors: Alleged killers celebrated after North 25 murder

The alleged getaway driver in the North 25 housing complex shooting that killed a city woman and injured a 14-year-old girl last month was “celebrating” shortly after the homicide, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe

Togbah Kpehe, 23, is accused of aiding and abetting the murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge. He borrowed a friend’s BMW and used the vehicle to transport the armed perpetrators to the North 25 area and interacted with them after the Oct. 6 slaying, authorities allege.

“I don’t dispute that my client gave a ride to those guys,” John Furlong, Kpehe’s defense attorney, said Thursday in court, adding his client had no advance knowledge of a murder plot and that there is “no evidence my client was a participant.” Read more

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. Read more

Trenton man accused of revenge killing indicted by grand jury

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

A man accused of killing someone who previously shot him in the butt has been indicted on murder and weapons offenses.

A Mercer County grand jury indicted Leroy Tutt last week in connection with the revenge killing of 19-year-old Nebate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson.

Washington was gunned down on June 30 across the street from his home in the first block of Sanford Street, where police found him lying on the ground between two vehicles. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Read more

Co-defendant who robbed 2014 homicide victim gets 7 years

A co-defendant charged in connection with the 2014 homicide of Julio Cesar Cruz has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for robbing the victim while the other defendant in the case is currently incarcerated in state prison for causing the man’s death.

Dante Martin (left) and Michael Holman

Dante Martin (left) and Michael Holman

Dante Martin, 22, was originally charged with murder during the commission of a crime but pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in September and on Friday received his formal punishment. Read more

Lawyer: Co-defendant in North 25 murder case was previously shot, suffers depression

Alleged killer Zion Williams has personal experience with handling weapons and getting shot.

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Williams, who was arrested last week in connection with the Oct. 6 murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge, was adjudicated last year for being a juvenile in unlawful possession of a handgun and was hospitalized earlier this year after surviving gunshot wounds, according to statements made in court.

Defense attorney Robin Lord, who is representing Williams, said her client was shot several months ago and “almost died from that injury.”

Prosecutors say surveillance video captured Williams pointing a handgun in the direction of the victim who died in the Oct. 6 shooting at the North 25 housing complex. In addition to killing Rutledge, a local grandmother, the wild afternoon shooting also injured a 14-year-old girl. Read more

Fourth arrest made in North 25 Housing murder

Rahein McInnis

A fourth man was arrested and charged in a double shooting that left one woman dead and injured a teenager outside the North 25 Housing complex this month.

Rahein McInnis, 32, of Trenton, was arrested in a vehicle on Country Lane in Ewing around 9 p.m. Wednesday night by members of the Mercer County Homicide Task Force and the U.S. Marshals.

He is charged with murder and related offenses along with 18-year-old Zion Williams and two 16-year-old teens whom prosecutors have not identified because they are underage. Read more

Judge frees Trenton man charged with vehicular homicide, prosecutors consent

A city man facing vehicular homicide charges has been released from jail after the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office had a change of heart.

Michael Ganie

Michael Ganie

Three days after his high-profile arrest, 53-year-old Michael Ganie was set free Monday with minimal conditions. He is accused of striking and killing 61-year-old Rodney Taylor in a Sept. 17 hit-and-run car accident near the McDonald’s restaurant off Chambers Street.

Prosecutors originally filed a detention motion seeking to keep Ganie locked up at the county jail without bail pending final resolution of his case. But upon further review, the state determined it would be more appropriate for Ganie to be released on minimal, non-monetary conditions.Read more

Three teenagers arrested for North 25 Housing murder

Zion Williams

Zion Williams

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of 58-year-old Wilma Rutledge.

Zion Williams, 18, and two 16-year-old males are charged with murder, attempted murder, endangering the welfare of a child and related weapons offenses in connection with the October 6 shooting, which claimed Rutledge’s life and injured a 14-year-old girl.

Rutledge and the teenage girl were innocent bystanders when gunfire rang out in the North 25 Housing complex that Friday afternoon. Rutledge was later pronounced dead at the hospital, while the teenager sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Read more

Trenton man arrested for vehicular homicide

Michael Ganie

Michael Ganie

A city man was arrested last week in connection with the hit-and-run death of 61-year-old Rodney Taylor.

Michael Ganie, 53, is charged with death-by-auto, leaving the scene of an accident and several other offenses in connection with Taylor’s death. He’s being held in jail pending a detention hearing.

Officials say Taylor was in the middle of the roadway when he was struck by a vehicle Ganie was driving through the 400 block of Chambers Street around 10:20 p.m. on September 17. Taylor suffered severe injuries and later died at the hospital. Read more

Sheriff’s officer ‘justified’ in Centre St. gunfight against alleged killer Tyleeb Reese

The sheriff’s officer who engaged Tyleeb Reese in a gunfight during the deadly 35-hour standoff in South Trenton five months ago was justified in firing his service weapon and will not be charged, according to newly released findings by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

Reese, 35, of Trenton, is accused of shooting and killing a civilian passer-by during the early hours of the standoff and firing multiple shotgun blasts at law-enforcement officers, injuring three of them.

Tyleeb Reese

Tyleeb Reese

Authorities say Reese initiated the gunfight about 6:30 a.m. May 10 by firing two shotgun blasts at members of a regional U.S. Marshals fugitive task force. The officers were attempting to apprehend Reese on a fugitive arrest warrant because he had failed to register as a convicted sex offender.Read more