Mohawk-wearing suspect indicted in 2013 stabbing murder

A murder suspect who was arrested sporting a pink Mohawk haircut has been indicted on charges he stabbed an acquaintance to death last summer.

Stanley J. Miller IV, 26, of Hamilton Avenue, Trenton, was indicted on counts of murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and fourth-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.
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Man shot outside after-hours club last month dies in hospital

A man who was shot outside an after-hours club last month died in the hospital early Thursday morning.

Joseph Gaines, 45, was shot while seated in a parked SUV around 4 p.m. on March 9. Witnesses told police that the shooter approached on foot and fired several shots at the vehicle before fleeing the area.

A 21-year-old man was also injured in the shooting and suffered a graze wound to his hand; Gaines was struck at least once in the head, according to police.

Markquice R. Thomas, 28, was arrested in connection with the case two days after the shooting and charged with attempted murder and weapons offenses.

Prosecutors were notified by the hospital that Gaines died early Thursday morning. And a judge has signed a criminal complaint charging Thomas with first-degree murder in connection with Gaines’ death, according to prosecutors in the case.

Thomas is now being held on $500,000 cash bail.

Trenton man arrested in connection with Devon Hewitt murder

A Trenton man was arrested last week in connection with the 2013 murder of 47-year-old Devon Earl Hewitt.

Around 4:45 p.m. on Nov. 21, police found Hewitt lying on the floor of a residence in the 100 block of Phillips Avenue suffering from a single gunshot wound. Hewitt was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police, over the course of the investigation, the U.S. Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force developed leads on the suspect’s whereabouts and then forwarded that information to law enforcement in Florida.

On Thursday, Robert E. Byers, 36, was arrested in Miami and charged with first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose.

Byers is being held at the Miami-Dade Police Department pending extradition to New Jersey.

City man indicted in connection with his girlfriend’s death

Earlier this month, a grand jury returned an indictment charging a city man with murder in connection with the June 2013 stabbing death of his 54-year-old girlfriend Celeste Pernell.

William Nobles, 40, was indicted March 7 on charges of first-degree murder, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose in connection with Pernell’s death.

According to charging documents in the case, Nobles was arrested and charged with Pernell’s death after a Camden resident called police and reported that Nobles had admitted to killing his girlfriend. Police were then dispatched to Pernell’s Southard Street home where they found her lying on the floor suffering from massive head trauma with scissors protruding from her neck, documents state.

Nobles remains held on $1 million bail.

Victim in alleged speakeasy killing identified

Charles White

Charles White (Contributed photo)

By Shaheed M. Morris
For The Trentonian

Authorities have identified the man who was killed in Saturday’s early morning shooting that also left five people injured at an alleged after-hours club on the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Charles White, 43, was shot in the head and pronounced dead around 10 a.m. at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, said First Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.
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1 dead, 5 injured in after-hours club shooting

By SHAHEED M. MORRIS, For The Trentonian

A shooting at an after-hours club in the city’s North Ward left one person dead and five others injured, authorities said.

Police responded to a call at 4:37 a.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard where they found a 43-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead around 10 a.m. at Capital Health Regional Medical Center, said First Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri.

The victim’s name was not released pending to the notification of the next of kin. The deceased allegedly lived above the North Ward speakeasy. Illegal speakeasies and after-hours clubs operate after city bars close at 2 a.m.
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Citizens help catch suspects in murder of Julio Cruz

By CARLOS AVILIA cavila@trentonian.com

Michael Holman and Dante Martin, both 18-year-olds from Trenton, were charged with first-degree felony murder and robbery Thursday in the beating death of Julio Cesar Cruz.

The Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph Bocchini Jr. and Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr., among other county and state authorities, announced the arrests in connection with Cruz’s death on Feb. 15.

Felony murder carries a penalty of 30 years to life in state prison.

Holman and Martin were taken into custody and charged early Thursday morning by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Holman was arrested in close proximity to where the homicide occurred. Martin was charged at the prosecutor’s office.
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Community bids farewell to slain teen

BY CARLOS AVILA cavila@trentonian.com

On an unusually warm Saturday evening, Julio Cesar Cruz was laid to rest at Chiaccho Funeral Home in Trenton’s South Ward as hundreds of community members came to say farewell to the slain teen.

Last week Cruz, 19, was beaten to death in front of his Rusling Street home while returning from a nearby deli where he went to buy groceries.  Cruz, came to the United States from Guatemala less than three months ago seeking the American Dream.  At around 9 p.m. on Feb. 15, Cruz was pronounced dead upon arrival to St. Francis Medical Center.
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Accused murderer Edna White held on $75,000 bail

A judge set the bail at $75,000 this morning for the woman who stabbed her former boyfriend to death after he caught her going through his mother’s handbag.

Edna White, 56, appeared via video before Mercer Superior Court Mark Fleming, who the set bail on a charge of aggravated assault because the paperwork on upgraded murder charges was not complete.
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Dwelle Jerome Clark’s death ruled a homicide

Edna White

Edna White

On Thursday, the Mercer County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death of 55-year-old Dwelle Jerome Clark a homicide.

Prosecutors are now in the process of filing murder charges against the woman accused of stabbing and killing Clark: 56-year-old Edna White.

According to witnesses, around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, White stabbed Clark in the chest after he caught her rummaging through his mother’s handbag.
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