Trenton teen faces 224 years in prison for murdering Ciony Kirkman in wild shooting

Guilty!

That’s the verdict Peter Charles Jr. heard 16 times Thursday afternoon when a jury convicted him on all counts in his murder trial.

Charles, 19, of Trenton, shot and killed 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman in a brazen April 2016 shooting in the city’s South Ward.

Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

Peter Charles Jr. (left) has been convicted of murdering 16-year-old Ciony Kirkman (right) in a brazen April 2016 Trenton shooting. (SUBMITTED PHOTOS)

With prosecutors presenting an ironclad case, all 12 jurors were firmly convinced that Charles shot at the minivan that Ciony and six other juveniles were occupying on that fateful evening in the area of Jersey Street and Home Avenue. Read more

Sex offender gets reduced prison sentence in Trenton homicide case

The convicted sex offender who stabbed and killed 26-year-old Trenton man Courtney Levine in 2012 has been resentenced to lesser prison time.

David Noncent (New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)

David Noncent (New Jersey Department of Corrections Photo)

David Noncent of Ewing was originally hit with 13 years of state incarceration in March 2017 after pleading guilty to first-degree aggravated manslaughter, but Mercer County Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw on May 7 reduced the punishment to 10 years behind bars.

Prosecutors long ago offered Noncent a plea deal calling for a 10-year prison sentence for manslaughter, but Warshaw last year suggested it was fair and in the interests of justice to imprison him for 13 years. Read more

Trenton murder trial ends in hung jury

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt’s murder trial ended this week without resolution.

A hung jury could not decide whether Tutt was guilty or not guilty of shooting and killing 19-year-old Nabate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson, in a broad daylight shooting last summer.

Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier on Wednesday declared a mistrial due to the jury’s inability to reach a unanimous verdict in the case.

The state intends to retry the case, according to a Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office spokeswoman. Read more

Trenton man stabbed to death was a convicted child molester

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

A city man found stabbed to death Monday underneath a large tree trunk had a sordid past.

Anthony C. Anderson, 56, of the 600 block of North Clinton Avenue, was convicted in 2011 of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance under 13 years old, according to the state’s Megan’s Law Registry. He was sentenced to six years in jail, court records show.

Prosecutors confirmed Thursday the date of birth of the deceased victim and the sex offender matched.

Anderson, who also went by the aliases Tony Anderson and Anthony Jay, was listed as a “Tier 2 - Moderate Risk” offender in the database. He was released from state prison in May 2014, New Jersey Department of Corrections records outline.

The 2011 case was not the first time Anderson was convicted of molesting a child. Read more

Talk is cheap’ activists say after death of former Hamilton basketball player shot in head

Trenton artist Derrick Coleman created this banner which will be used as a makeshift memorial for Kuyler Fowler. (Isaac Avilucea - Trentonian)

Trenton artist Derrick Coleman created this banner which will be used as a makeshift memorial for Kuyler Fowler. (Isaac Avilucea - Trentonian)

MORRISVILLE, PA. >> They come to him when their friends die, crossing the “Trenton Makes” bridge to enlist him to create memorial T-shirts and banners that appear at makeshift vigils on too many Trenton blocks.

“Sad to say, I’ve done a lot of people’s shirts since I’ve been here,” said 41-year-old Derrick Coleman, a Trenton artist and activist better known as DC the Voice. “A lot of times what I try to do with the youth, when I get an opportunity to speak to them, I tell them that life is not promised. We have to take life seriously and appreciate everything. A lot of kids out here dying for the wrong reasons.” Read more

Trenton killer Horace Gordon gets 45 years for murder

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

Horace Gordon (COURTESY OF SOUTHSIDE REGIONAL JAIL)

Convicted murderer Horace J. Gordon has been sentenced to 45 years of state incarceration for slaying an innocent man in cold blood.

Gordon, 38, of Trenton, was found guilty earlier this year of shooting and killing 29-year-old Harvey Sharp in June 2015.

Gordon claimed self-defense in the slaying, but a jury of his peers unanimously convicted him March 22 on all three counts in the indictment comprising first-degree murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit and second-degree possession of a firearm for unlawful purposes. Read more

Teen shot in the head in Trenton; body found Monday ruled a homicide

A partially decomposed body was found in an area behind this home on Taylor Street.

A partially decomposed body was found in an area behind this home on Taylor Street.

A 19-year-old male is in “extremely critical condition” after being shot in the head early Wednesday morning outside a residential area of the city’s North Ward.

“Brains were leaking out,” two sources said about the ghastly scene. Read more

Trenton gunman gets 6 years for killing Quaadir ‘Ace’ Gurley

Case closed.

Isiah Greene

Isiah Greene

The gunman who shot and killed Quaadir “Ace” Gurley at the Donnelly Homes housing complex in North Trenton five years ago has finally received punishment for his violent crimes.

Isiah Greene, 24, of Trenton, got sentenced earlier this month to six years of state incarceration for reckless manslaughter and unlawful possession of a handgun and has been ordered to pay $555 in fees and penalties.

Greene confessed earlier this year to killing Gurley, a 24-year-old father of six who suffered numerous gunshot wounds during the early morning hours of July 21, 2013. Read more

Alleged killer Leroy Tutt goes to trial in murder of Trenton man, 19

Alleged killer Leroy Tutt has taken his Trenton murder case to trial.

Leroy Tutt

Leroy Tutt

Tutt, 31, of Trenton, sat poised in the courtroom Tuesday as his public defender painted him as an innocent man while the prosecution portrayed him as the shooter responsible for the death of 19-year-old Nabate Kalil Washington, also known as Nebate Anderson.

Tutt is accused of murdering Washington in broad daylight on June 30, 2017, an alleged act of retaliation fueled by a previous beef. Read more

Trenton man arrested for murder of Gregory Wright Jr.

Gregory Wright Jr.

Gregory Wright Jr.

A city man has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of 27-year-old Gregory Wright Jr.

Eric Prescott, 30, is accused of leaving Wright helpless and unresponsive in his car following an altercation on November 28.

According to prosecutors in the case, Wright and Prescott were arguing in the area of Spring Street and Kafer Alley when Prescott pushed Wright, causing him to fall onto the ground and hit his head on the pavement. Read more