Dashawn Bethea indicted in connection with the 2013 shooting death of Berkley McDaniel

A city man has been indicted in connection with the 2013 shooting death of 61-year-old Berkley McDaniel.

Around 8:45 p.m. on June 9, 2013, police found McDaniel lying on the sidewalk in the 400 block of Stuyvesant Avenue suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. McDaniel was pronounced dead at the scene.

In January, Dashawn Bethea, 25, was arrested in connection with McDaniel’s death. And a Mercer County grand jury returned a five-count indictment last week charging Bethea with first-degree murder, second-degree aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a handgun and certain persons not to possess a weapon. Read more

Two suspects in Trenton murders reject plea deals, will go to trial

A suspect in four New Jersey murders was offered 40 years in prison Monday for guilty pleas to his two alleged slayings in Mercer County last summer.

Alton Jones, 23, appeared before Mercer Superior Court Judge Pedro Jimenez along with his suspected accomplice in the first murder, Dyquise Leonard, who rejected a deal giving him 13 years in prison. Read more

Trenton man arrested in Newark in connection with murder of Enrico Smalley Jr.

A city man was arrested Saturday in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Enrico Smalley Jr.

Around 1:20 a.m. on July 12, police were dispatched to the corner of Poplar Street and North Clinton Avenue, where they found Smalley lying on the sidewalk in front of La Guira Bar suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the head. Smalley was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Read more

Robert Byers indicted on murder charges in connection with Devon Hewitt’s death

A suspect who fled to Florida after allegedly fatally shooting construction worker and DJ Devon Hewitt in 2013 has been indicted on murder charges.

Robert E. Byers, 36, of Mott Street, who was nabbed in Miami in March, was indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges after Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Kimm Lacken presented the case to a grand jury. Read more

Teen charged with Devahje Bing slaying named in court

A teenager charged with shooting and killing Devahje Bing at a West Ward cookout in 2013 was named in public for the first time Thursday as a juvenile who was under house arrest at the time.

Tahj Laws was 15 on May 25 last year when he allegedly left his home on Trenton’s Nassau Street and, as tracked by the security monitor on his ankle, walked to the cookout on nearby Oakland Street. Read more

Trenton member of Bloods street gang pleads guilty to 2011 murder

One alleged gang member admitted Wednesday to killing a member of a rival gang in retaliation for being robbed at gunpoint by the rival only days before in December of 2011.

Emil Fennell, 26, told Mercer Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier he fired three shots into Shawn Marinnie and pumped one more into him when he was down along 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue.
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Douglas Battle pleads guilty to 2012 slaying of Wilfredo “Murder Marty’’ Rivera

An ambush killer who beat up a corrections officer when he landed in jail plead guilty today in a deal slating him for 20 years in prison.

Douglas Battle, 23, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for gunning down convicted killer Wilfredo “Murder Marty’’ Rivera, 32, on Oakland Street in the West Ward on June 23, 2012.
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Teenager accused of murder charged as adult, rejects plea deal

Teenager Masiyah Howard appeared in adult court today to hear that he can get out of prison at age 65 if he pleads guilty now to a 2013 killing that caused racial strife in Chambersburg.

Assistant Mercer County Prosecutor Lew Korngut made the 52-year offer to Howard for pleas to aggravated manslaughter, robbery and weapons offenses for the gunshot killing of Louis Bryan Alvarez on Feb. 26 of last year.
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Three shot, two dead in separate Wednesday night shootings

Three people were shot, two of which died, Wednesday evening in two separate incidents that appear to be robberies gone awry.

According to police, around 9:39 p.m. Wednesday, two males were shot at the corner of Rosemont and Hoffman avenues. When police arrived on-scene, they found a man, later identified as 25-year-old Tyshawn Goodman, lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Goodman was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. The second victim, a 20-year-old city man, suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and feet, and he was taken to the hospital via a private vehicle. Police say he is currently in stable condition.

Police say the men were in a vehicle headed to a house in the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue. And as they exited the vehicle, they were approached by three black males who attempted to rob them at gunpoint.
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Man shot multiple times in West Ward dies, authorities say

A 23-year-old city man is dead after an early morning shooting in the area of Hoffman and Rosemont Avenues in the city’s West Ward Saturday morning.

At approximately 5 a.m. Trenton Police were in the area of Hoffman Avenue and the 100 block of Rosemont Avenue when they heard gunshots, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said.1964473_1537470066478245_700058262_n

According to Casey DeBlasio, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor’s office, police arrived to see a large group of people running in the 200 block of Rosemont Avenue. Upon their arrival, police found a man, identified as Jamer Jay Greenfield, lying on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the chest. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he died a sort time later, DeBlasio said. It’s not clear exactly when Greenfield was pronounced dead. Read more