Jahmir Hall | Homicide Watch Trentonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/Latest news about Jahmir Hallen-usWed, 28 Mar 2018 20:53:41 -0400Self-confessed killer gets reduced prison sentence in 2014 Trenton slayinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/03/28/self-confessed-killer-gets-reduced-prison-sentence-in-2014-trenton-slaying/<p>The man who shot and killed 24-year-old Jahmir Hall had his 10-year prison sentence recently reduced thanks to a lenient judiciary.</p> <p>Curtis J. Grier, 31, of Trenton, has been resentenced to seven years of incarceration for the 2014 slaying. He previously pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless manslaughter, admitting he fatally gunned Hall down about 12:30 a.m. April 19, 2014, in the streets of Trenton.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/curtis_grier.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6410" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/curtis_grier-235x300.jpg" alt="Curtis Grier" width="235" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/curtis_grier-235x300.jpg 235w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/curtis_grier.jpg 281w" sizes="(max-width: 235px) 100vw, 235px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Curtis Grier</p> <p>“Mr. Grier took it upon himself to arrange a reckoning,” Superior Court Judge Peter Warshaw said Nov. 10, 2016, when he sentenced the self-confessed killer to 10 years of state imprisonment. Months later, however, Warshaw reconsidered his judgment of conviction after the Appellate Division intervened.</p> <p>Grier, who has already served more than one year at South Woods State Prison, received delayed leniency last month when Warshaw revisited the case on Appellate Division orders. Warshaw found Grier to be less dangerous at the Feb. 22 resentencing hearing.<span id="more-6409"></span></p> <p>Whenever a Superior Court judge sentences a defendant, the court always considers whether aggravating factors support a harsher punishment or whether mitigating factors support a more lenient punishment. Warshaw originally said the aggravating factors against Grier outweighed the mitigating factors and used that rationale when handing down the initial 10-year prison sentence.</p> <p>But after the Appellate Division remanded the case back to Warshaw for resentencing, the Superior Court judge easily found the aggravating factors, including risk of Grier committing another offense, to be “in balance” with the mitigating factors, which included the undisputed fact that Grier had no history of prior delinquency or criminal activity before the commission of the April 2014 homicide.</p> <p>Warshaw resentenced Grier to seven years of state incarceration pursuant to the No Early Release Act requiring him to serve 85 percent of the maximum term before being paroled. Grier will then be subjected to three years of parole supervision upon release. Grier received four days of jail credit and 469 days of prior service credit, which means he has less than five years to go before release.</p> <p>While the resentencing gave Grier a reduced prison sentence, it also imposed on him a greater monetary punishment. Grier at resentencing got hammered with a $5,000 assessment payable to the New Jersey Victims of Crime Compensation Office. The original sentencing called for him to pay about $200 in fees and penalties, according to court records.</p> <p>“To be fair and in the interests of justice,” Warshaw wrote in his resentencing judgment of conviction, “the Court will impose the recommended sentence in accordance with the plea agreement.”</p> <p><strong>Case background</strong></p> <p>Police arrested Grier not long after he shot and killed Jahmir Hall, who police found lying partially underneath a pickup truck in the 800 block of Quinton Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Hall was later pronounced dead at Saint Francis Medical Center.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/Jahmir_Hall.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6412" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/Jahmir_Hall-225x300.jpg" alt="Jahmir Hall" width="225" height="300" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jahmir Hall</p> <p>Days after being charged with murder and weapons offenses, Grier posted his $300,000 full bond or cash bail on April 24, 2014, buying his way out of jail, court records show. He pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter on June 23, 2016, but remained free on bail until he got shipped off to state prison following his original November 2016 sentencing.</p> <p>A grand jury originally indicted both Grier and a co-defendant, Daniel McCargo, 31, of Trenton, on murder charges and weapons offenses in connection with the slaying of Hall.</p> <p>Grier confessed to the killing while McCargo pleaded guilty to certain persons not to have a weapon due to a prior offense. McCargo had four prior upper court convictions for drug distribution and weapons offenses and previously served time in state prison for those prior crimes, according to his rap sheet.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/daniel_mccargo.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6411" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/daniel_mccargo-253x300.jpg" alt="Daniel McCargo" width="253" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/daniel_mccargo-253x300.jpg 253w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/03/daniel_mccargo.jpg 278w" sizes="(max-width: 253px) 100vw, 253px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Daniel McCargo</p> <p>Grier and McCargo both got arrested on April 19, 2014, in the wake of the homicide. Grier at his initial sentencing hearing said he had argued with Hall and then shot Hall in self-defense after Hall pulled out a weapon. Grier said he took Hall’s weapon and handed it over to McCargo, who admitted to possessing the handgun as a convicted felon.</p> <p>Warshaw sentenced McCargo on Sept. 16, 2016, imposing seven years of state imprisonment with a five-year minimum term of parole ineligibility and dismissing the other counts in the indictment. McCargo received 881 days of jail credit, for he sat at the Mercer County Correction Center on $300,000 cash bail from April 21, 2014, till Sept. 22, 2016, when he was transferred to state prison, records show.</p> <p>Grier was represented by private defense attorney Robin Lord, while McCargo was represented by public defender Malaeika Montgomery. Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor William Fisher handled both cases on behalf of the state.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanWed, 28 Mar 2018 20:53:41 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/03/28/self-confessed-killer-gets-reduced-prison-sentence-in-2014-trenton-slaying/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoTrenton man killed city man in 2014 to save his own skinhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/10/trenton-man-killed-city-man-in-2014-to-save-his-own-skin/<p>Curtis Grier was a God-fearing city man who went to church every Sunday. His parents told a judge they raised him to respect the law and his elders. His father is a retired corrections officer and his family is tight with retired Trenton police officers.<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/10/Curtis-Grier.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-4867 alignright" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/10/Curtis-Grier.jpg" alt="Curtis Grier" width="232" height="298" /></a></p> <p>Yet in June 2014, two hours after his family friend clung to life after he was felled by three gunshots, Grier took matters into his own hands, a judge said Thursday at sentencing in Mercer County criminal court.</p> <p>The judge agreed with Assistant Prosecutor William Fisher’s statement that Grier was a “vigilante.”</p> <p>“Mr. Grier took it upon himself to arrange a reckoning,” Judge Peter Warshaw said, in handing down a 10-year sentence to the admitted killer. “The tragedy of this case is it didn’t have to occur.”<span id="more-4968"></span></p> <p>Grier walked the city streets, free on bail, for more than two years, knowing he gunned down Jahmir Hall, a 24-year-old city man who relatives said had started to turn a corner.</p> <p>Grier pleaded guilty earlier this year to reckless manslaughter, confounding some city residents.</p> <p>How was an admitted killer roaming free?</p> <p>What few knew before Thursday was that Grier was provoked, defense attorney Robin Lord said.</p> <p>Hours before Grier shot Hall five times on Quinton Avenue, Hall tried to kill another city man.</p> <p>Jason Guillaume, who described Grier as a “brother" and a friend for more than 10 years, said he was getting out of his car April 19, 2014, when he heard footsteps.</p> <p>It was an ambush, Hall the apparent gunman who fired on him three times, severely wounding him.</p> <p>Another innocent bystander was also struck in the hail of bullets, he said.</p> <p>“I almost died from loss of blood,” Guillaume said.</p> <p>Hall wasn’t done, apparently. Grier was next on the hit list.</p> <p>Hall’s grandmother, Ellen, didn’t buy it.</p> <p>“I knew and raised Jahmir,” she said after the hearing. “He wouldn’t do that.”</p> <p>To this day, it’s unclear why Hall apparently targeted Guillaume, Grier and a third man.</p> <p>Guillaume declined an interview after the sentencing.</p> <p>Hall was never charged for the shooting because he died two hours later, mowed down by Grier.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2606" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-240x300.jpg" alt="Daniel McCargo" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg 320w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Daniel McCargo</p> <p>Grier admitted he armed himself with a gun and sought out Hall. He said he planned to talk him down, get him to remember the “good times,” about how they were friends.</p> <p>Things turned out differently.</p> <p>He and Hall argued on Quinton Avenue. Grier said that Hall pulled out a gun on him, so he cut him down, afraid for his life.</p> <p>“I don’t know what got into him,” Grier told the judge.</p> <p>In a panic, Grier grabbed Hall’s gun and ran back to a parked black Mercedes Benz, where co-defendant Daniel McCargo was waiting. He handed over Hall’s gun.</p> <p>That was the weapon police found on McCargo when they pulled the men over following the slaying.</p> <p>Ballistics showed it wasn’t the murder weapon. McCargo got seven years for gun possession but didn't admit involvement in Hall's killing.</p> <p>Lord said what happened wasn’t murder.</p> <p>Her client was scared for his life and made a imprudent decision to try to save his skin – one that confounded Warshaw, perceived by many in the local defense bar as prosecutor masquerading as a judge because of some of his harsh sentences.</p> <p>Warshaw spent decades as a prosecutor before ascending to chief prosecutor in Monmouth County, his daily routine defined by interactions with police.</p> <p>Warshaw couldn’t understand how Grier, having grown up in a law enforcement family and with strong ties to police officers in the local department, didn’t go to the cops.</p> <p>He cited a letter from a Trenton officer who urged him not to view Grier as other trouble-plagued “kids in Trenton.”</p> <p>“Yet here he is, and he killed someone,” Warshaw said.</p> <p>“People make really bad decisions in the heat of the moment,” Lord countered.</p> <p>Grier couldn’t explain his actions.</p> <p>“It was a bad, stupid decision,” he said. “I regret it to this day. I wasn’t thinking. I can’t undo the hurt.”</p> <p>Grier’s parents told the judge their son’s actions were uncharacteristic.</p> <p>“My hearts breaks. No mother wants to see this,” she said.</p> <p>“He’s not a troublesome kid,” said Ralph Grier, a 20-year ex-prison guard who rose to lieutenant before he was unraveled by <a href="http://www.newjerseyhills.com/judge-sentences-ex-prison-guard-to-years/article_6478427b-618f-59ff-aa66-db7b644d1671.html">a 2004 official misconduct conviction</a> for taking photos of a female inmate at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, according to published reports.</p> <p>Grier’s father apparently turned over his life to a higher power after that, becoming a deacon and his son’s Sunday school teacher.</p> <p>“It was an unfortunate incident,” Ralph Grier said of Hall’s death.</p> <p><span style="color: #444444;">To Hall’s relatives, it was more than that.</span></p> <p>Cousin Bernadette Hall said the hurt remains every day.</p> <p>Hall’s grandmother said she’ll never see her grandson’s “mile-wide smile” again or hear his voice calling out “nana baby."</p> <p>“Death has robbed us of his presence,” Ellen Hall said. “When Curtis killed Jahmir, he killed every one of us. There is no closure. Closure is a cliché.”</p> Isaac AviluceaThu, 10 Nov 2016 17:55:11 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/11/10/trenton-man-killed-city-man-in-2014-to-save-his-own-skin/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoAdmitted killer won't take back guilty plea, to go forward with sentencinghttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/10/12/admitted-killer-wont-take-back-guilty-plea-to-go-forward-with-sentencing/<p>Admitted killer Curtis Grier told a judge Wednesday he will not take back his guilty plea in the slaying of a city man after a “misunderstanding” between the judge and his defense attorney held up sentencing earlier this month.</p> <p>Free on $300,000 bail, Grier pleaded guilty this year to a lesser count of reckless manslaughter, for fatally shooting 24-year-old Jahmir Hall, under a plea deal that exposed him to a maximum of 10 years in prison.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/10/Curtis-Grier.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/10/Curtis-Grier.jpg" alt="Curtis Grier " width="232" height="298" class="size-full wp-image-4867" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Curtis Grier</p> <p>Hall was gunned down in Trenton in April 2014.</p> <p>Grier’s codefendant, Daniel McCargo, pleaded guilty to a gun charge and was sentenced last month to seven years in prison.</p> <p>Charged with murder as an accomplice, McCargo admitted being armed with a handgun the night Hall was shot to death, but ballistics revealed it wasn’t the handgun used in the shooting death.</p> <p>Grier had been charged with murder in Hall’s slaying but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge and was supposed to be sentenced earlier this month. But it was pushed back because of apparent confusion about the terms of Grier’s plea deal. <span id="more-4863"></span></p> <p>Defense attorney Robin Lord said at Wednesday’s hearing she was left with the impression there was a “strong likelihood” Judge Peter Warshaw would send her client to prison for seven years.</p> <p>Prosecutors are capped at arguing for 10 years for Grier under the deal.</p> <p>Lord said the judge could also consider as few as five years, after weighing a mix of factors such as the circumstances of the slaying and Grier’s lack of a criminal record.</p> <p>After meeting privately in chambers with the attorneys twice for about an hour, Warshaw explained from the bench he is not beholden to seven years and has not decided what sentence he will hand out at the rescheduled Nov. 10 sentencing.</p> <p>While the defense will ask for less time, the judge told Grier he could just as easily hand down the decadelong prison term and not violate the negotiated plea deal.</p> <p>Grier said he understood the terms of the deal and wanted to go forward.</p> <p>The judge said he wasn’t sure why Lord believed he was going to hand down the seven-year sentence but chalked it up to an honest “miscommunication.”</p> <p>Warshaw told the admitted triggerman there was “no promise of anything other than a fair sentencing hearing.”</p> <p>In the coming weeks, court officials will cobble together a pre-sentencing report on Grier.</p> <p>Grier plans to have a pastor and a retired police officer speak on his behalf at sentencing, Lord said.</p> Isaac AviluceaWed, 12 Oct 2016 12:22:33 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/10/12/admitted-killer-wont-take-back-guilty-plea-to-go-forward-with-sentencing/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoTrenton man accused of murder gets 7 years on gun chargehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/09/16/trenton-man-accused-of-murder-gets-7-years-on-gun-charge/<p>Drug dealer Daniel McCargo flashed a smile toward the back of the courtroom as he was led out in handcuffs after being sent to prison for 7 years Friday on a gun charge, moments after the grandmother of a murder victim chastised him for playing a role in “destroying” her family’s life.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-2606" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-240x300.jpg" alt="Daniel McCargo" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg 320w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Daniel McCargo</p> <p>McCargo, 30, was one of two men charged with the murder of 24-year-old Jahmir Hall, who was gunned down in Trenton in April 2014.</p> <p>McCargo admitted being armed with a handgun the night Hall was shot to death, but ballistics revealed it wasn’t the handgun used in the murder.</p> <p>Co-defendant and admitted triggerman Curtis Grier, who is free on $300,000 bail, pleaded guilty in June to a lesser charge of reckless manslaughter, prosecutor spokeswoman Casey DeBlasio said.</p> <p>Prosecutors will ask a judge to send Grier to prison for 10 years when he is sentenced in October.</p> <p>His attorney, Robin Lord played coy with a reporter, saying she had "no present memory" of the charge her client pleaded to. She declined further comment.</p> <p><span id="more-4790"></span></p> <p>Ellen Hall, the victim’s grandmother, remembered her musically inclined grandson as a “happy-go-lucky guy” and the “fun uncle” who played video games with his nieces and nephews and bought them snacks.</p> <p>She said when Grier and McCargo got together April 19, 2014 they “took a part of us,” referring to the fatal shooting.</p> <p>“I still try to remember what his voice was like,” she said.</p> <p>Malaeika Montgomery, McCargo’s attorney, was careful to point out that her client did not plead guilty to any charges related to Hall’s death under terms of a plea deal that led to the dismissal of murder charges.</p> <p>McCargo had previously turned down a deal from prosecutors that would have called for his to testify against Grier.</p> <p>Prosecutors conceded they would have a hard time proving McCargo shared Grier’s intent to kill.</p> <p>Surveillance showed McCargo standing outside a black Mercedes Benz while Grier shot Hall on Quinton Avenue. Grier was not captured in the footage, prosecutors had said, but gunshots could be heard.</p> <p>Authorities spotted the two men in a vehicle matching a description. McCargo attempted to hide a black handgun – the one he admitted to having.</p> <p>Prosecutors had said McCargo was “complicit” in Hall’s murder because he did not contact police and drove around with Grier for a half-hour after the murder, until they were stopped by police.</p> <p>McCargo had the hard-knock life prior to getting wrapped up in Hall’s death.</p> <p>His own mother was murdered in 2004, and his imprisoned father has never been a part of his life.</p> <p>McCargo turned to drugs at a young age. He first smoked marijuana at 9 years old, tasting alcohol for the first time two years later. At 16, he began popping Percocet.</p> <p>The high school dropout has spent most of his life jobless, save for the two months he spent as a cook at Fort Dix.</p> <p>He was arrested and convicted as a minor, and got wrapped up in the criminal justice system as an adult in 2005, when he was convicted of having a handgun.</p> <p>McCargo also has prior felonies for drug dealing.</p> <p>Thanking Hall’s grandmother for the strength and resilience it took to share her story, Judge Peter Warshaw said Hall met a fate too common in Trenton.</p> <p>“Too many victims,” he said, “too many conversations like this. This is what happens when guns take over the street. Somebody dies. Somebody goes to jail. It’s a sad reality that has to stop.”</p> Isaac AviluceaFri, 16 Sep 2016 12:41:44 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/09/16/trenton-man-accused-of-murder-gets-7-years-on-gun-charge/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoBail upheld for alleged accomplice in Trenton murderhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/04/21/bail-upheld-for-alleged-accomplice-in-trenton-murder/<p>TRENTON >> The attorney for an admitted drug dealer charged as an accomplice to murder rhapsodized at a Tuesday bail hearing about injustice. But prosecutors needed only point to the man’s previous rap sheet in order to convince Judge Robert Billmeier to leave bail unchanged.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-150x150.jpg" alt="Daniel McCargo" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-2606" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Daniel McCargo</p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/daniel-angel-mccargo/">Daniel McCargo</a>, 29, who is being held on $300,000 cash-only bail, appeared to have everything going in his favor. His attorney, Maleika Montgomery, argued her client was not as “culpable” as alleged gunman <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/curtis-grier/">Curtis Grier</a> for the fatal shooting death of 24-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/">Jahmir Hall</a> in April 2014.<br /> <span id="more-3126"></span></p> <p>That argument was bolstered when prosecutors previously offered to drop murder charges against McCargo if he agreed to cooperate and testify against Grier, who is free on $300,000 bail. Prosecutors also conceded Tuesday they would have a hard time proving to a jury McCargo shared Grier’s alleged intent to kill.</p> <p>Surveillance footage shows a man authorities believe is McCargo standing outside a black Mercedes Benz while Grier allegedly shot Hall on Quinton Avenue in the early-morning hours of April 19, 2014, prosecutors said. Grier was not captured in the footage, prosecutors said, but gunshots can be heard.</p> <p>Authorities later spotted the two men in a vehicle matching a description. McCargo attempted to hide a black handgun, but ballistics revealed it wasn’t the same one used in the murder.</p> <p>Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley once again pointed to McCargo’s prior criminal record, which court records show includes convictions for narcotics sand weapons offenses, to justify the cash-only requirement.</p> <p>He also said McCargo was “complicit” in the murder because he did not attempt to contact police and continued driving around with Grier for a half-hour after the murder, until they were stopped by police.</p> <p>“He’s different because of his prison record,” McCauley said, comparing McCargo to Grier, who does not have a record.</p> <p>Both men, facing the possibility of life in prison if they’re convicted by a jury at trial, were offered plea bargains calling for 30-year sentences for murder.</p> <p>McCargo has refused to testify against Grier as part of a plea deal that would have required him to admit guilt to a lesser crime, prosecutors said. Both men, who appeared in court last week for a hearing on a dismissal motion, are due back in court in June for a status hearing.</p> Isaac AviluceaTue, 21 Apr 2015 12:38:17 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/04/21/bail-upheld-for-alleged-accomplice-in-trenton-murder/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoTrenton homicide suspect rejected plea deal that could have freed himhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/04/17/trenton-homicide-suspect-rejected-plea-deal-that-could-have-freed-him/<p>TRENTON >> Prosecutors had offered a Trenton man charged with murder a plea deal that would have led to murder charges being dropped if he agreed to cooperate and testify against his co-defendant, The Trentonian has learned.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-150x150.jpg" alt="Daniel McCargo" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-2606" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Daniel McCargo</p> <p>The deal undermines Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley’s previous assertion after a status hearing earlier this year that <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/daniel-angel-mccargo/">Daniel McCargo</a>, 28, is “equally culpable” for the fatal shooting death of 24-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/">Jahmir Hall</a>.</p> <p>McCauley confirmed such a deal was “floated” to McCargo, who was indicted as an accomplice on counts of first-degree murder, second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree certain persons not to possess a firearm.</p> <p><span id="more-3121"></span></p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/curtis-grier/">Curtis Grier</a>, 28, who was also indicted on murder charges but remains free on $300,000 bail, is believed to be the alleged gunman, prosecutors have said. Both men have subsequently been offered plea bargains calling for 30-year sentences for murder. They face the possibility of life in prison if they take their case to trial and are convicted by a jury.</p> <p>Sources told The Trentonian prosecutors would have dropped all charges against McCargo if he had agreed to testify against Grier.</p> <p>McCauley disputed that, saying any deal would have required McCargo to plead guilty to a lesser crime such as a weapons offense. McCauley said Hall’s family was never consulted about the offer because it never got that far. McCargo, who is incarcerated on $300,000 cash-only bail while his codefendant walks the streets, outright rejected the overture.</p> <p>“That’s not in the cards anymore,” McCauley said. “He’s not willing to cooperate, so it’s a moot point.”</p> <p>Both men – one shackled in orange prison garb, the other in a short-sleeve button-down shirt and dark pants -- appeared in court Friday with their attorneys for a hearing on a dismissal motion. Grier is represented by Trenton defense attorney Robin Lord; McCargo, who was previously represented by attorney Robert Rogers, is defended by Maleika Montgomery of the Office of the Public Defender in Mercer County.</p> <p>Montgomery previously said it was an “injustice” Grier remains free while her client is locked up. She filed a motion this week asking for bail reconsideration for her client. A hearing is set for April 21 before Judge Robert Billmeier.</p> <p>Montgomery joined Lord’s request for the murder indictment to be dismissed despite apparent fissures between the codefendants, who were seated within feet of each other but did not appear to speak or glance at one another. Billmeier heard arguments from both sides but reserved decision and will likely offer a written opinion on the motion in the future.</p> <p>Lord said the grand jury panel that indicted her client was charged on the law for murder seven weeks before it handed up its indictment. She said too much time had elapsed for grand jurors to remember necesary elements of the law required for murder.</p> <p>“We’re not talking about indicting Mr. Grier for spitting on a sidewalk,” she said. “We’re talking about indicting him for a serious charge.”</p> <p>Lord criticized what she believes is the state’s “lackadaisical” approach to securing indictments. Lord used as an example Judge Gerald Council’s remarks about sexual assault cases to grand jurors last year.</p> <p>Billmeier said a sexual assault case in question as a result of Council’s comments had nothing to do with the murder case.</p> <p>McCargo was seen with Grier shortly after the April 19, 2014 early-morning shooting on Quinton Avenue, authorities said. Police responded to a report of shots fired and found Hall lying partially under a pickup truck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.</p> <p>Witnesses told police they saw two men flee in a black Mercedes Benz. Grier and McCargo were spotted a short time later in a vehicle matching the description. Police said McCargo attempted to hide a black handgun. The handgun was not the same one used in the murder, which is backed by ballistics results.</p> <p>Attorneys mentioned a bar video at the hearing but it’s unclear how the footage relates to Hall’s death.</p> <p>Prosecutors have pointed to McCargo’s prior criminal record, which court records show includes convictions for narcotics sand weapons offenses, to justify his cash-only bail requirement. Grier did not have the same cash-only requirement because he lacked a prior criminal record, prosecutors have said.</p> <p>Both men are due back in court in June for a status hearing.</p> Isaac AviluceaFri, 17 Apr 2015 12:49:27 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/04/17/trenton-homicide-suspect-rejected-plea-deal-that-could-have-freed-him/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoLawyer for Trenton murder suspect calls cash bail requirement "injustice"http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/01/05/lawyer-for-trenton-murder-suspect-calls-cash-bail-requirement-injustice/<p>The attorney for a city man charged with murder in the shooting death of 24-year-old Jahmar Hall said it’s an “injustice” her client remains jailed on a $300,000 cash-only bail while the alleged killer is at liberty awaiting trial.</p> <p><a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2015/01/Mccargo-240x300.jpg" alt="Mccargo" width="240" height="300" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-2606" /></a></p> <p>Daniel McCargo, 28, an alleged accomplice of Curtis Grier, has been held at the Mercer County Correction Center since he was arrested last April. Grier, 28, has been free since posting a $300,000 bail shortly after his arrest last April, Assistant Prosecutor Brian McCauley said.</p> <p>The men have been offered plea deals that call for 30-year prison sentences on charges of first-degree murder and weapons offenses in connection with the April 19, 2014 murder, McCauley said. Both men entered not guilty pleas at brief status hearings Monday in Superior Court.</p> <p><span id="more-2605"></span></p> <p>Grier, wearing a green quilted sweater and blue jeans, was gathering his belongings at the back of the courtroom and getting ready to leave when marshals brought out McCargo. That led to an awkward moment when McCargo’s attorney, Malaeika Montgomery, identified Grier as the shooter in open court.</p> <p>McCargo, outfitted in orange prison garb with his hands shackled in front of him, locked eyes with Grier and shook his head.</p> <p>McCargo was seen with Grier shortly after the early-morning shooting on Quinton Avenue, authorities said. Police responded to a report of shots fired and found Hall lying partially under a pickup truck. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.</p> <p>Witnesses told police they saw two men flee the scene in a black Mercedes Benz. Grier and McCargo were spotted a short time later in a vehicle matching the description. Police said McCargo attempted to hide a black handgun.</p> <p>At the hearing, Montgomery downplayed her client’s involvement in the murder, saying he wasn’t the one who shot and killed Hall. Also, she said, the handgun her client allegedly hid wasn’t used in the murder, which is backed up by ballistics tests.</p> <p>Prosecutors pointed to McCargo’s prior criminal record, which court records show includes convictions for narcotics sand weapons offenses, in asking for the cash-only stipulation at his bail hearing.</p> <p>“It’s an injustice that the shooter is at liberty and my client remains in jail,” Montgomery said.</p> <p>McCauley agreed Grier is the shooter, but he said McCargo is “equally culpable.”</p> Isaac AviluceaMon, 05 Jan 2015 12:34:24 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2015/01/05/lawyer-for-trenton-murder-suspect-calls-cash-bail-requirement-injustice/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoGrand jury indicts two in April homicidehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/11/14/grand-jury-indicts-two-in-april-homicide/<p>A Mercer County grand jury has returned a four-count indictment charging two suspected gangsters in the April shooting murder of <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article-int', 'http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/', 'Jahmir Hall']);" >Jahmir Hall</a>.</p> <p>Mercer County Prosecutor Joseph L. Bocchini Jr. said <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/daniel-angel-mccargo/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article-int', 'http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/daniel-angel-mccargo/', 'Daniel McCargo']);" >Daniel McCargo</a> and <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/curtis-grier/" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article-int', 'http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/curtis-grier/', 'Curtis Grier']);" >Curtis Grier</a>, both 28, were indicted for murder and weapons offenses. <span id="more-2300"></span></p> <p>McCargo also was charged with possession of the gun by a convicted felon, a “certain persons’’ offense that alone could get him 10 years.</p> <p>A spokeswoman for the prosecutor said the killing occurred on the Saturday, April 19 and 12:28 a.m. on Quinton Avenue, where officers found Hall, 24, lying partially under a pickup truck and near death.</p> <p>Not long after Hall died at 1:01 that morning, officers spotted a black Mercedes Benz like the one witnesses to the murder had just described as the getaway car. Cargo and Grier were nabbed in the vehicle.</p> <p>McCargo remains in the Mercer County Correction Center in lieu of $300,000 full cash bail. Grier is free on $300,000 bail.</p> <p>Assistant Mercer Prosecutor Brian McCauley presented the case to the grand jury.</p> Paul MickleFri, 14 Nov 2014 18:11:17 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/11/14/grand-jury-indicts-two-in-april-homicide/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoPolice arrest two in connection with Jahmar Hall murderhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/21/police-arrest-two-in-connection-with-jahmar-hall-murder/<p>Two city residents were arrested Saturday and later charged with murder in connection with the death of 24-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/" >Jahmar Hall</a>. </p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/daniel-angel-mccargo/" >Daniel Angel McCargo</a>, 28, and <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/curtis-grier/" >Curtis J. Grier</a>, 27, are each charged with murder, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a weapon. McCargo is also charged with certain persons not to possess a weapon.</p> <p>“In spite of low manpower, the men and women of our department are out there working their hardest and giving 110 percent every day,” Trenton Police Director Ralph Rivera Jr. said Monday afternoon. “While we couldn’t stop that homicide from occurring, we were active in finding that car and apprehending the individual with the weapon.”<br /> <span id="more-1602"></span><br /> Around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Hall was found lying partially underneath a pickup truck in the 800 block of Quinton Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at St. Francis Medical Center.</p> <p>Witnesses told police they saw a black vehicle fleeing the scene shortly after the shooting. And less than an hour later, police saw a black Mercedes Benz driving on Ardmore Avenue with darkly tinted windows. </p> <p>The officers were about to stop the vehicle, police say, when all of a sudden a suspect, later identified as McCargo, stepped out of the car and walked away. Meanwhile, a man later identified as Grier continued to drive down the street. </p> <p>One of the officers then jumped out of the police car and noticed McCargo allegedly toss a handgun onto the ground. McCargo was then arrested, while the other officer stopped the Mercedes and apprehended Grier. Police then searched Grier and allegedly found him in possession of a large black knife. </p> <p>“Hats off to Director Rivera and the Trenton Police Department,” Mayor Muschal said Monday. “It’s great that they made the arrest, and I’m happy for the residents of Trenton.”</p> <p>Initially, McCargo and Grier were only charged with weapons offenses. And Grier posted bail, while McCargo was taken to jail, police say. But further investigation of Saturday’s homicide revealed enough evidence to charge both McCargo and Grier with murder in connection with Hall’s death. </p> <p>Police say Grier then turned himself into an attorney’s office Monday morning.</p> <p>McCargo and Grier are each being held at the Mercer County Correction Center on $300,000 bail. </p> <p>The case remains under investigation by the Mercer County Homicide Task Force. Anyone with information is asked to call (609) 989-6406, or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.</p> Penny RayMon, 21 Apr 2014 17:51:17 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/21/police-arrest-two-in-connection-with-jahmar-hall-murder/Jahmir HallCurtis J. GrierDaniel Angel McCargoPolice investigating Homicide on Quinton Avenuehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/19/police-investigating-homicide-on-quinton-avenue/<p><iframe src="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/api/v1/homicides/95.html" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> <p>Police are investigating a homicide in the city’s Villa Park section.</p> <p>The killing took place around 12:28 a.m. to the 800 block of Quinton Avenue, according to Police Lt. Mark Kieffer.</p> <p>“Officers were detailed on a report of shots fired,” Kieffer said. “Upon arrival they found a black male shot.”</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2014/04/10151237_10152074229677828_1383774613554033046_n.jpg" ><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2014/04/10151237_10152074229677828_1383774613554033046_n-300x168.jpg" alt="Police investigate the scene of an early morning shooting in the City&#039;s Villa Park section that left one man dead, police say. (For The Trentonian/SHAHEED M. MORRIS)" width="300" height="168" class="size-medium wp-image-1591" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Police investigate the scene of an early morning shooting in the City's Villa Park section that left one man dead, police say. (For The Trentonian/SHAHEED M. MORRIS)</p> <p>Doris Galuchie of The Mercer County Prosecutor’s office said that the victim, identified as <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jahmar-hall/" >Jahmar Hall</a>, 24, of Trenton was gunned down in the street and taken to St. Francis Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1 a.m.</p> <p>No suspect information was available and the crime remains under investigation.</p> <p>Police ask that anyone with is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force (609) 989-6406, or use the Trenton police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Tipsters may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tipline at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip regarding the killing or any of the other crimes can send a message labeled TCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.</p> Scott KettererSat, 19 Apr 2014 10:41:54 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2014/04/19/police-investigating-homicide-on-quinton-avenue/Jahmir Hall