Trenton man claims self defense in killing outside city bar

The man accused in the stabbing death of a 21-year-old man outside of a city bar is claiming he acted in self-defense, his attorney said at a bail hearing Friday.

Ernier Pacheco, 18, of Trenton, is accused of stabbing Alberto Saquic once in the chest outside Chapala II bar on Morris Avenue.

Assistant Prosecutor Lewis Korngut said prosecutors have not determined a motive for the killing, which took place in the early-morning hours of Nov. 30.

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Bail held at $750K for 17-year-old accused of killing other teen

Teenager Alberto Lopez stared at a county prosecutor befuddled by the accusation that he staged a fake drug deal on the night of Dec. 18, 2013 in order to rob another teenager.

Prosecutors said Lopez, who was 16 at the time, ended up shooting 17-year-old Shamere Melvin in the head during the botched robbery shortly after 8:30 p.m. on the 300 block of North Clinton Avenue. Melvin died at the scene. Lopez, 17, is being tried as an adult on charges of murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon.
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Admitted getaway driver in robbery murder has bail reduced

A Trenton man has admitted driving the getaway car in a botched robbery that led to the murder of a 48-year-old man, prosecutors said, but he is not the one who pulled trigger.

Kenneth Hines (Mercer County Prosecutor's Office)

Kenneth Hines (Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office)

Kenneth Hines, 34, is charged with murder as an accomplice and conspiracy in the shooting death of Rodney Burke and is locked up at Mercer County Correction Center. But police are still searching for two men, including the gunman, who were involved in a Nov. 4 plot to rob Burke when he emerged from his 1016 South Broad Street apartment, prosecutors said at Hines’ bail hearing Wednesday. Read more

Dashawn Bethea declines plea deal, will stand trial in 2013 murder

A Trenton man is expected to take his case to trial rather than accept an offer from prosecutors that would require him to spend 30 years in prison for murder.

Dashawn Bethea, 25, is accused of firing a .40 caliber handgun into a crowd on the 400 block of Stuyvesant Avenue on June 9, 2013 while he was walking with his father, Charles Boston, back from a nearby store. Read more

Bail stays at $1M for Trenton man accused of Halloween homicide

The Trenton man implicated in a Halloween homicide of a Philadelphia man was out on bail on weapons charges at the time of the shooting, prosecutors said.

Donte Jones

Donte Jones

Donte Jones, 23, allegedly opened fire and killed 36-year-old Levonza Thompson with a 9mm handgun in the courtyard of the Oakland Park Apartments at 220 Coolidge Avenue, prosecutors said. Police found Thompson suffering from multiple gun shots wounds after he and Jones were involved in a struggle. He was rushed to a hospital where he died a short time later. Read more

Detectives grill suspect accused of killing Irvin “Swirv” Jackson

City homicide detectives grilled Zaire Jackson in a small interrogation room inside the Trenton police department for more than two hours in April 2012. But they never got him to bend to their will.

They were hoping Zaire, in custody on an unrelated burglary charge, would supply them with a much-needed confession so they could string him up for the murder of Irvin “Swirv” Jackson.

Jackson, who is not related to Zaire Jacskon, was shot in the head in broad daylight on Moses Alley near North Hermitage Avenue on the afternoon April 9, 2012. Read more

Douglas Battle sentenced to 20 years in death of fellow gang member

A senseless dispute between gang members ended one man’s life and will put another one in prison for several decades.

Douglas Battle, 23, will spend 20 years in prison after he was sentenced for the June 2012 shooting death of Wilfredo Rivera, a fellow member of the Sex Money sect of the notorious Bloods street gang. He must serve 17 years before he is eligible for parole. Read more

William Marshall gets 30-year sentence for murder of Ruschell Fireall

With more than two dozen arrests and nine convictions on his record, William Marshall was a career criminal. But despite his shortcomings, he was beloved by his ex-girlfriend’s family. They had known him since he was a teenager, even had a nickname for him — Dollar — and tried to help him overcome his past demons.

He betrayed that trust on Nov. 16, 2012, when Marshall, distraught over the disintegration of his relationship with Ruschell Fireall, used his vehicle to run his former lover off the road and then shot her multiple times with a 9 mm handgun on Pennington Avenue in front of her family.

Marshall, 46, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison after he was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison for the murder. Read more

Prosecutors paint Trenton murder suspect as violent ‘terror’ who stalked victim

A Beverly man who “terrorized” Trenton during a murderous four-month crime spree that claimed two men’s lives was “stalking” one of his victims when he climbed aboard a city train the morning of Oct. 29, prosecutors said.

Randy Washington, 33, who has addresses in Trenton and Beverly and is being held on $2.1 million bail, has been charged separately in the July 30 shooting death of George Jamison , 43, and the Oct. 29 slaying of Silas Johnson, 64. He is also facing charges in five robberies that occurred in the city – two in July and three in October, prosecutors said — but bond was not set on those charges when Washington appeared before at an initial hearing before Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier.
Prosecutors said Washington was apparently hell-bent on avenging his sister’s alleged rape when he sought out Johnson on a train. Prosecutors couldn’t shed light on why Washington knew Johnson would be on the train.
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Man shot last month dies in hospital

A city man who was shot last month has died from his injuries.

Hakeem Brooks, 28, died Monday morning at Capital Health Regional Medical Center. Read more