Teen charged in 2013 murder, moved to adult jail after turning 18

A Trenton teenager accused of fatally shooting another teen during a botched drug deal has been ordered transferred to the Mercer County jail after he recently turned 18.

Alberto Lopez was 16 when he allegedly shot 17-year-old Shamere Melvin in the head during a botched robbery in December 2013 on the 300 block of North Clinton Avenue. Read more

Man pleads to lesser crimes instead of facing murder charge for 2012 drive-by

Anthony Marks

Anthony Marks

A man who was driving a stolen vehicle during a 2012 drive-by shooting on Route 29 that killed a city man had murder charges against him dismissed Friday when pleaded guilty to a pair of lesser counts.

Anthony Marks, 27, was charged with murder along with William Mitchell and Andre Romero in the slaying of 23-year-old Daquan Dowling, who was killed instantly after he was struck in the head by a bullet fired by alleged shooters Mitchell and Romero. Read more

Key witness in Trenton murder trial may not be fit to take stand

Courtney Levine

Courtney Levine

The mental state of a key witness in David Noncent’s upcoming murder trial remains up in the air despite a report from the woman’s psychiatrist declaring her competent to testify.

A judge said at a hearing Wednesday he would ultimately decide at trial the fitness of the woman to testify. Prosecutors want to tape her testimony at an upcoming hearing outside of the jury’s presence while she is still competent and play it for a jury at trial if she is deemed incompetent in the future.

Attorneys for Noncent, a convicted sex offender who is accused of fatally stabbing 26-year-old Courtney Levine on Dec. 4, 2012, began probing the woman’s mental state after they learned she was committed to a state psychiatric facility. Read more

Trenton woman defends her dead grandson against murder accusation

Rodney Sutphin

Rodney Sutphin

The grandmother of now-deceased Rodney Sutphin has a message for a defense attorney who has accused her grandson of ordering the murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.

“A dead man can’t speak,” Deborah Ellis, who raised brothers Rodney and Raesean Supthin at her home on Grand Street, said from inside a cavernous conference room at The Trentonian’s office. “But I’ll be damned if I’m going to let [Edward Heyburn] or the prosecutor rip my grandkids who I love very much with my heart. It’s bull–t. And they can stop it right now. Please, leave Rodney alone. Let him rest. If you find Enrico’s killer, then you’ll find Rodney’s killer.”

Ellis spoke out Tuesday in order to address statements Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley and defense attorney Heyburn made about her grandsons. Read more

Trenton woman reaches likely plea deal in stabbing death of ex-boyfriend

Edna White

Edna White

A city woman accused of stabbing her ex-boyfriend to death in February 2014, in eerily similar fashion to a previous beau she killed decades ago, has reached a preliminary deal with prosecutors that would likely result in her pleading down to a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter, her attorney said.

Edna White, 57, is charged with murder in the Feb. 15 stabbing death of 55-year-old Dwelle Jerome Clark.

Witnesses said Clark was stabbed after he caught White rummaging through his mother’s purse and told her to “stay out” of her belongings. Read more

One of two Trenton murder suspects rejects plea deal after other pleads guilty

Raheem Currie

Raheem Currie

One of two men charged with murder in the slaying of the son of a veteran city cop rejected prosecutors’ final plea offer of 10 years and will put his fate in the hands of a jury.

Raheem Currie, 22, who is free on $50,000 bail, rejected prosecutors’ final plea offer Monday calling for him to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of James Austin, the son of retired Trenton Police Sgt. Luddie Austin.

Currie faces a minimum of 30 years in prison for murder if he is convicted by a jury at trial. Read more

Attorney for defendant believes he has cracked the Trenton homicide case

Prosecutors say this surveillance photo shows Shaheed Brown (left) and Enrico Smalley Jr. minutes before Smalley was gunned down outside of La Guira Bar on July 12, 2014.

Prosecutors say this surveillance photo shows Shaheed Brown (left) and Enrico Smalley Jr. minutes before Smalley was gunned down outside of La Guira Bar on July 12, 2014.

Did a dead man order the murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.?

The attorney for a Trenton man accused of gunning down Smalley outside a crime-riddled city bar in July 2014 believes he has cracked the case.

If true, his bombshell allegations would not only exonerate his client, 30-year-old Shaheed Brown, but implicate now-deceased Rodney Sutphin for ordering the murder of Smalley as retribution for another homicide Smalley allegedly committed. One of Smalley’s friends who was at the bar with him the night he was murdered slammed Brown’s attorney in an interview with The Trentonian, saying the suggestion Smalley was killed as payback for another murder is “bull–t.” Read more

Trenton man indicted in connection with stabbing death of Alberto Saquic

Ernier Pacheco

Ernier Pacheco

A city man has been indicted in connection with the 2014 stabbing death of Alberto Saquic, who was killed outside a city bar.

Ernier Pacheco, 19, is charged with murder, related weapons offenses and tampering with physical evidence in connection with Saquic’s death.

Saquic, 21, was stabbed outside of Chapala II Mexican Grill and Bar around 1:15 a.m. on November 30, 2014. When police arrived at the bar that morning, they found Saquic lying on the ground suffering from a stab wound to his chest. Saquic later died at the hospital. Read more

Trenton man with violent past dies in city shooting

By Trentonian reporter Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman

A 28-year-old city man who had recently served time in prison for shooting a rival gang member died Saturday afternoon hours after someone had shot him, authorities said.

Trenton police found Leon McClendon inside his car on Sweets Avenue Friday night suffering from a gunshot wound, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. McClendon was rushed to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Read more

Accused murderer who fled to Virginia still looking to retain attorney

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

The suspect accused of fatally shooting a Trenton man on his birthday had his bail hearing postponed for the second time in as many weeks.

Horace Gordon is accused of gunning down 29-year-old Harvey Sharp on June 24, on the first block of Cummings Avenue, then fleeing from New Jersey to southern Virginia, where he was later apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals.

Superior Court Judge Darlene Pereksta adjourned the bail hearing for a second time because Gordon is not represented by an attorney on the murder charge. Read more