Expert: Alleged killer Zaire Jackson did not write ‘snitch letter’

Defendant Zaire Jackson listens to testimony at his murder trial in Mercer County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)

Defendant Zaire Jackson listens to testimony at his murder trial in Mercer County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)


A threatening “snitch letter” that a Mercer County Correction Center inmate received that was allegedly intended to intimidate him from testifying in Zaire Jackson’s murder trial was not handwritten by the defendant. Read more

Zaire Jackson’s murder trial heats up

Defendant Zaire Jackson listens to testimony at his murder trial in Mercer County Superior Court on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)

Zaire Jackson listens to testimony at his murder trial on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. (GREGG SLABODA — The Trentonian)

 

When Zaire Jackson was 17 years old, two detectives at Trenton Police headquarters questioned him extensively in hopes of getting the city teenager to confess to murder. Read more

2 Trenton men get hit with prison sentences in connection with murder cases

Marquis Skillman

Marquis Skillman

Two Trenton men charged in separate murder cases will serve hard time behind bars.

Marquis Skillman, 30, received an 11-year prison sentence last week for his role in the 2013 shooting death of Rayshawn Ransom while Tomarkus Whitfield, 39, received a sentence of 19 years and six months in the slammer for killing Pinkey Priester in 2014.

Under Skillman’s plea deal, he admitted guilt to robbery and a weapons offense in exchange for prosecutors dismissing murder charges against him. Skillman was one of the three men charged in connection with the slaying of Ransom, 19, on June 12, 2013, in the city of Trenton. Read more

PROSECUTORS: Alleged gunman in fatal Lyft robbery was found with firearm during arrest

Andrew Alston

Andrew Alston

When police arrested Andrew Alston last week in connection with last November’s fatal Lyft robbery, the 39-year-old Trenton man was found in alleged possession of drugs and a handgun. Read more

Isiah Greene’s second murder trial ends in another hung jury

Isiah Greene

Isiah Greene

Twelve jurors once again could not unanimously agree on whether Isiah Greene is guilty or not guilty of murder.

Superior Court Judge Anthony Massi declared a mistrial on Tuesday after the jurors sent the court a note indicating they had failed to reach a verdict and were done deliberating.

“We are leaning toward trying this case again,” Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Jim Scott said. “The information that we had in this trial was different, better than we had in the first trial, and we are going to continue to work very hard to bring Isiah Greene to justice.” Read more

Man murdered outside liquor store in Trenton

A man was shot and killed along the 500 block of Brunswick ave in Trenton late last night. gregg slaboda photo photo

A man was shot and killed along the 500 block of Brunswick ave in Trenton late last night. Gregg Slaboda -  The Trentonian

TRENTON >> The capital city almost made it through the first month of the year without a murder.

But tragedy struck Monday night outside a North Ward liquor store.

A man was murdered at approximately 9:45 p.m. in front of Dee Dee’s Lounge & Liquor Store at 549 Brunswick Ave.

A spokeswoman for the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that Tian Thompson, 34, of Trenton, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the head after the city’s ShotSpotter technology detected gunfire in the area. Thompson was transported to Capital Health Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a few hours later, spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio said.

Dee Dee’s owner Abel Reyes said he was working last night when the shooting occurred. He said the victim was a regular bar customer who was smoking a cigarette outside.Read more

Deadlocked jury in Isiah Greene’s murder retrial explores new options

Isiah Greene

Isiah Greene

Unable to reach a verdict this week, the jury in Isiah Greene’s murder retrial asked the court on Thursday if it could decide whether the defendant was an accomplice to the homicide as opposed to being the principal triggerman. Read more

Alleged gunman in fatal Lyft robbery pleads not guilty, Isiah Greene’s murder retrial lingers

Andrew Alston

Andrew Alston

The alleged gunman in last November’s fatal Lyft robbery has pleaded not guilty to all charges as the state made a motion Wednesday seeking to keep him locked up indefinitely. Read more

Zaire Jackson’s murder trial approaches as Isiah Greene’s retrial lingers

Nearly five years ago, a then-17-year-old Zaire Jackson allegedly shot and killed a city man execution style.

Jackson, now 22, will finally have his day in court to defend himself before a jury of his peers.

Jury selection began Tuesday at the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse for Jackson’s imminent murder trial. Read more

Alleged gunman in fatal Lyft robbery arrested

Andrew Alston

Andrew Alston

A third suspect accused in the murder of Amber Dudley has been arrested.

Thirty-nine-year-old Andrew Alston, the alleged gunman who fired a shot while robbing passengers of a Lyft rideshare service in November, was arrested minutes after prosecutors sent media a release seeking the public’s help in finding him.

Dudley, a 27-year-old from Collingswood, was one of three passengers in a car when a man armed with a handgun tried to enter the rear of the vehicle on Mechanics Avenue. Officials say the suspect tried to rob the occupants of the car, which sparked a struggle between he and the passengers. The driver then sped away and the gunman fired a shot. Read more