Teen shot in the head in Trenton dies in the hospital

Kyler Bragg (Facebook photo)

Kyler Bragg (Facebook photo)

The teen who was shot in the head during a shootout Tuesday night was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday morning.

Kyler Bragg, 15, was one of four teens shot around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday during a shootout near the intersection of Division and Hewitt streets.

Investigators believe some of the teens in the group were targeted as retaliation for terrorizing the neighborhood through robberies. Read more

Alleged boyfriend killer Briann Lindsey claims ignorance in 9-1-1 call

Briann Lindsey

Briann Lindsey

Prosecutors say Briann Lindsey stabbed her boyfriend to death earlier this year in Trenton’s West Ward, but two 9-1-1 calls paint a different picture of what happened that afternoon.

“My boyfriend, he’s bleeding,” Lindsey said about 4:10 p.m. March 6, according to the 9-1-1 recordings obtained by The Trentonian.

“What happened to him?” the Mercer County dispatcher asks.

“I don’t know,” Lindsey responds coolly as if the incident had no alleged connection to domestic violence.Read more

Jury finds triggerman Randy Washington guilty of murder

Randy Kareem Washington

Randy Kareem Washington

Violent gunman Randy K. Washington was not physically present in the courtroom Thursday morning when a jury announced it had found him guilty of first-degree murder and weapons offenses.

Now a convicted killer who faces 30 years to life in prison, Washington last week showed his wild side when he allegedly attacked his public defender during his murder trial. Seven days later, the jury handed down the guilty verdicts.

Indeed, the compelling evidence in the case left all 12 jurors firmly convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that Washington is the triggerman who shot and killed 64-year-old Silas Johnson in Trenton near the intersection of Market Street and the Route 1 overpass on the morning of Oct. 29, 2014.Read more

Trenton man, 19, gunned down in broad daylight on Sanford St.


A murder victim lies in the street on Sanford St in Trenton Friday as police process the scene. John Berry - The Trentonian

A murder victim lies in the street on Sanford St in Trenton Friday as police process the scene.
John Berry - The Trentonian

TRENTON >> With the start of the summer, city kids were riding their bikes and hanging out of front porches to kick off the Fourth of July weekend.

But on the first block of Sanford Street on Friday afternoon, a man lay dead in the street after being gunned down.

Police sources say the victim is 19-year-old city resident Nebate Anderson.Read more

Jury convicts gunman for murdering U.S. Army vet, stuffing body in car trunk

Danuweli Keller (left) and Mack Edwards

Danuweli Keller (left) and Mack Edwards

A 12-member jury has unanimously found Danuweli Keller guilty of a 2011 city murder that left the victim’s body stuffed in the trunk of a car.

Meanwhile, the jury on Thursday could not reach any verdicts against co-defendant Mack Edwards, 31, of Trenton, with the jury deliberating for hours over Edwards’ fate but being hung on all 17 counts at the trial’s conclusion.

Prosecutors say they have a strong case against Edwards and will try him again in hopes of securing a conviction at a future trial. The partial verdict is not exactly what the state was looking for, but the prosecution expressed satisfaction with the jury convicting Keller on the murder charges.Read more

Trenton murder victim was arrested this year for money laundering

Daren Joseph

Daren Joseph

A Florida man who was arrested on charges related to money laundering earlier this year, was shot and killed while sitting in a car directly across the street from a city hospital Wednesday night.

Daren Joseph, 29, from Lauderhill, Florida, was found lying in the street next to a dark-colored Acura around 9:35 p.m. in the 100 block of Miller Street, a section of the city that doesn’t experience much violence, located directly across the street from Capital Health Regional Medical Center.

We don’t see too much criminal activity in this area,” a cop at the scene said Wednesday night. “It’s kinda surprising.”

Adding mystery to the surprise, the Acura — which had New York license plates — was still idling and partially parked on the sidewalk parallel to a fence, leading detectives to believe the victim was driving the car at the time he was shot. Cops presume Joseph placed the car in park after it jumped the curb, then crawled out of the car to escape the attack. Read more

Mercer County grand jury issues two separate murder indictments

Jonathan Weathers

Jonathan Weathers

A Mercer County grand jury issued two murder indictments last week.

Jonathan Weathers, 26, was indicted on charges of murder, robbery and tampering with a witness in connection with the death of 60-year-old Stephen Merrill.

Weathers is accused of severely beating Merrill during a robbery on August 2, 2016. Merrill was found suffering from a brain bleed, a collapsed lung and multiple broken bones on Lamberton Street around 3 a.m.

Officials say Weathers took Merrill’s wallet, cellphone and Fitbit during the assault.

Merrill died at the hospital a few weeks later. Read more

Man fatally shot while driving in Trenton Thursday night, police investigating

TRENTON >> Mercer County and Trenton Police say that Lewis Young, 30, of Trenton, was murdered while driving in the city Thursday evening.

Young was pronounced dead at Capital Health System-Fuld after a passenger in his vehicle drove him to the hospital. The shooting occured around 8:30 p.m., Young was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

County Homicide Task Force and city police are investigating, but no arrests have yet been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Individuals may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.

Trenton Police Sgt. Astbury got ‘startled’ upon finding murdered body in trunk

Sgt. Jason Astbury received awards for valor and merit during a May 2010 police ceremony but was shaken eight months later when he discovered the murdered body of Dardar Paye stuffed inside the trunk of a Buick sedan.

Trenton Police Sgt. Jason Astbury

Trenton Police Sgt. Jason Astbury

“I was startled,” Astbury said Thursday during witness testimony. “I’ve never come across anything like that in my career.”

Astbury found the body in the trunk on Jan. 16, 2011, following an interstate police chase that began in Trenton and ended on Route 1 in Falls Township, Pennsylvania.

Paye, 33, was a U.S. Army veteran and Liberian immigrant who had been shot and killed in the basement of a Monmouth Street home in Trenton before getting placed in garbage bags and stuffed in the Buick’s trunk. Astbury said he had checked the body for a pulse, to no avail.Read more

Teen: I killed Brenda Garzio in Trenton in self-defense following sex act

Jose Garcia

The teenager accused of murdering Hamilton woman Brenda Garzio says he acted in self-defense when he stabbed the 48-year-old victim to death following a consensual sex act they had over Memorial Day weekend in Trenton, according to a statement he gave to police.

Jose C. Garcia, 18, of Hamilton, told police he is the killer responsible for Garzio’s death but framed the May 28 slaying as a justifiable homicide.

“I do believe that there is a self-defense claim here,” Garcia’s lawyer Malaeika Montgomery said in court on Tuesday, adding the violent encounter between her client and the victim began as a sexual romp between two consenting adults.

“After the conclusion of that sex act, the alleged victim in this incident pulled a knife on Mr. Garcia,” Montgomery said. “The alleged victim then attempted to obtain more money from Mr. Garcia for the services that had been provided. Mr. Garcia truly feared for his life and reacted in that particular moment in that situation.”

Detective Michael Castaldo of the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office arrested Garcia last Thursday on murder charges and weapons offenses after reviewing surveillance footage that depicted Garcia fleeing the area where the homicide occurred on the 900 block of South Broad Street — a troubled area that is well-known to police for quality-of-life issues that include prostitution.
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