Jermaine "Mooky" Johnson | Homicide Watch Trentonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jermaine-mooky-johnson/Latest news about Jermaine "Mooky" Johnsonen-usWed, 27 Mar 2019 00:09:26 -0400Trenton homicide trial ends with murder conviction, justice for Mooky Johnsonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/03/27/trenton-homicide-trial-ends-with-murder-conviction-justice-for-mooky-johnson/<p><strong></strong>The man who shot and killed 26-year-old Jermaine “Mooky” Johnson in an April 2016 broad daylight execution has been convicted.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4149" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy-240x300.jpg" alt="Jamar McCoy" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jamar McCoy</p> <p>Jamar McCoy, 35, of Ewing, has been found guilty of murder and weapons offenses in connection with the brazen crime.</p> <p>A trial jury handed down the verdict on March 14, exposing McCoy to decades of prison time when he is sentenced later this year.</p> <p>Johnson, a city resident, was shot at least five times while sitting inside a Nissan Murano that was parked in a driveway on Hillcrest Avenue in Trenton’s West Ward near Cadwalader Park April 29, 2016. He later died at the hospital. <span id="more-7024"></span></p> <p>In addition to slaying the 26-year-old victim, McCoy pistol-whipped Johnson’s brother after the shooting, authorities said.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-4135" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-225x300.jpg" alt="Jermaine &quot;Mooky&quot; Johnson (Facebook photo)" width="225" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-225x300.jpg 225w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-500x667.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-600x800.jpg 600w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson.jpg 720w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jermaine "Mooky" Johnson (Facebook photo)</p> <p>Homicide detectives quickly solved the case, arresting McCoy on May 1, 2016, and formally charging him with murder the next day. He sat in jail on $1 million cash bail waiting for his day in court. He would have been better off pleading guilty.</p> <p>The jury found McCoy guilty of first-degree purposeful murder, second-degree aggravated assault, second-degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, and second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun without a permit to carry. The jury found him not guilty on two counts of first-degree attempted murder, but McCoy still faces 30 years to life in prison on the murder conviction, court records show.</p> <p>Before becoming a coldblooded killer, McCoy was already known to law-enforcement authorities as a prior menace to society. Police previously arrested McCoy on June 20, 2004, when they found him distributing drugs in Trenton.</p> <p>He pleaded guilty to third-degree distribution of heroin near school property and was later sentenced to three years of incarceration after violating probation in 2005, court records show. That conviction stripped McCoy of the right to bear arms in New Jersey, which boasts some of the strictest anti-gun laws in the nation.</p> <p>When a grand jury indicted McCoy on May 11, 2017, the final count in the indictment charged him with second-degree certain persons not to have a weapon due to a prior conviction. McCoy should have never possessed a handgun in the slaying of Johnson because he had previously confessed to being a drug dealer.</p> <p>To ensure that McCoy had a fair trial, Mercer County Superior Court Judge Robert Billmeier made sure the jury did not know about McCoy’s prior drug conviction before finding him guilty of murder and weapons offenses.</p> <p>After the jury issued its verdict, McCoy had to undergo a second court proceeding to resolve the final count in the indictment. The state was prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that McCoy was a certain person not allowed to bear arms in New Jersey, but the defendant pleaded guilty to second-degree certain persons not to have a weapon rather than sit through a bifurcated second trial following his murder conviction, court records show.</p> <p>Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Matos won the murder case against McCoy, who was represented by defense attorney Mark Fury.</p> <p>McCoy is scheduled to be sentenced May 17 before Judge Billmeier, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanWed, 27 Mar 2019 00:09:26 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/03/27/trenton-homicide-trial-ends-with-murder-conviction-justice-for-mooky-johnson/Jermaine "Mooky" JohnsonJamar McCoyEwing man charged with murder held on $1Mhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/16/ewing-man-charged-with-murder-held-on-1m/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy-150x150.jpg" alt="Jamar McCoy" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-4149" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jamar McCoy</p> <p>A Ewing man accused of gunning down Jermaine “Mooky” Johnson was caught on tape fleeing the scene of the shooting, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Jamar Mcoy’s bail hearing went forward Monday after it was rescheduled last week when a Mercer County public defender said she had a conflict of interest.</p> <p>McCoy, 32, is charged with murder and weapons offenses for allegedly gunning down Johnson, 26, on April 26, while he sat inside of a Nissan Murano parked in the driveway of a Hillcrest Avenue residence.</p> <p>Johnson was shot at least five times and taken by ambulance to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-225x300.jpg" alt="Jermaine &quot;Mooky&quot; Johnson (Facebook photo)" width="225" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-4135" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jermaine "Mooky" Johnson (Facebook photo)</p> <p>McCoy is also charged with aggravated assault for repeatedly pistol-whipping Johnson’s brother in the head after the shooting.</p> <p>McCoy’s bail was maintained at $1 million after prosecutors said he was identified by witnesses as the shooter and captured by surveillance cameras leaving the scene of the shooting.</p> <p>Last week, <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/11/ewing-mans-bail-hearing-cancelled-over-attorney-conflict/">Caroline Turner said it would be inappropriate</a> for her to argue McCoy’s bail because she represents Johnson’s brother in another criminal matter.</p> Isaac AviluceaMon, 16 May 2016 11:55:51 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/16/ewing-man-charged-with-murder-held-on-1m/Jermaine "Mooky" JohnsonJamar McCoyEwing man arrested for Mooky Johnson murderhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/01/ewing-man-arrested-for-mooky-johnson-murder/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/05/Jamar-McCoy-150x150.jpg" alt="Jamar McCoy" width="150" height="150" class="size-thumbnail wp-image-4149" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jamar McCoy</p> <p>A Ewing man has been arrested in connection with the murder of <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jermaine-mooky-johnson/">Jermaine “Mooky” Johnson</a>, who was gunned down last week. </p> <p><a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/suspects/jamar-mccoy/">Jamar McCoy</a>, 32, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with murder and related weapons offenses for allegedly shooting Johnson this past Friday. </p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-225x300.jpg" alt="Jermaine &quot;Mooky&quot; Johnson (Facebook photo)" width="225" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-4135" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jermaine "Mooky" Johnson (Facebook photo)</p> <p>Johnson was shot at least five times <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/29/trenton-man-shot-and-killed-friday/">while sitting inside a Nissan Murano</a> that was parked in a driveway on Hillcrest Avenue. He later died at the hospital. </p> <p>McCoy is also charged with aggravated assault for allegedly pistol whipping Johnson’s brother after the shooting. </p> <p>McCoy’s bail was set at $1 million cash or bond. </p> Penny RaySun, 01 May 2016 10:15:37 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/05/01/ewing-man-arrested-for-mooky-johnson-murder/Jermaine "Mooky" JohnsonJamar McCoyTrenton man shot and killed Fridayhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/29/trenton-man-shot-and-killed-friday/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21164867.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21164867-500x366.jpg" alt="Trenton police investigate a murder on Hillcrest Ave in the West Ward. Sources say a man was shot while sitting inside this Nissan Murano. (Gregg Slaboda - Trentonian) " width="500" height="366" class="size-large wp-image-4130" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Trenton police investigate a murder on Hillcrest Ave in the West Ward. Sources say a man was shot while sitting inside this Nissan Murano. (Gregg Slaboda - Trentonian)</p> <p>A city man was killed in broad daylight Friday afternoon, becoming the second murder victim this week.</p> <p>Twenty-six-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/jermaine-mooky-johnson/">Jermaine Johnson</a>, who was identified on social media as Mooky Johnson, was shot in the first block of Hillcrest Avenue a little after 4 p.m. Friday. <span id="more-4123"></span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/MookyJohnson-225x300.jpg" alt="Jermaine Johnson, aka, Mooky Johnson (Facebook photo)" width="225" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-4135" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Jermaine Johnson, aka, Mooky Johnson (Facebook photo)</p> <p>Sources say Johnson was sitting inside a Nissan Murano, which was parked in a driveway when he was shot at least five times.</p> <p>When law enforcement arrived on-scene, they found Johnson suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later.</p> <p>Not a week goes by without at least one person being injured by gunfire in the capital city. Earlier this week, 16-year-old <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/ciony-kirkman/">Ciony Kirkman</a> was shot while with a group of juveniles inside a stolen minivan on Jersey Street; she died two days after the incident. </p> <p>The shooting sparked an outcry by community leaders who held a <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/20160426/trenton-pastor-leads-anti-violence-rally-48-hours-after-teen-girl-shot">stop-the-violence rally</a> near the intersection where police found the minivan after it was ambushed by gunfire. Clergy and local lawmakers asked citizens to "protect the women and children in our community" and "stand up for justice and equality" to "save Trenton." </p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21107824.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2016/04/rsz_21107824-300x225.jpg" alt="Clergy, lawmakers and community residents gathered Tuesday for a Stop the Violence rally in Trenton. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)" width="300" height="225" class="size-medium wp-image-4129" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Clergy, lawmakers and community residents gathered Tuesday for a Stop the Violence rally in Trenton. (Penny Ray - Trentonian)</p> <p>This coming Sunday, the United Mercer Interfaith Organization (UMIO) is hosting its third annual <a href="http://www.trentonian.com/social-affairs/20160428/trenton-interfaith-group-hosts-annual-unity-walk-remembering-homicide-victims">Unity Walk</a> where clergy, families, local lawmakers and community activists will walk, pray, listen and unify in the name of peace and healing at the places in Trenton where homicide victims have been slain so far this year.</p> <p>"The loss of any life should remind us how fragile and how valuable life really is," the Rev. Lukata Mjumbe, co-chair of UMIO, said Friday after hearing about the latest homicide. "Trenton Lives Matter. In the face of this darkness we will stand even more committed to unity, healing and restoration in the city. No one or no thing can murder the movement that is emerging."</p> <p>So far this year, <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/photo-gallery/2016/">six people have been killed by gunfire</a> within the capital city, which is the same number of people who had been murdered by the end of April <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/01/01/2015-trentons-homicides-by-the-numbers/">last year</a>. </p> <p>Police have not released a suspect description nor motive for Friday's killing.</p> <p>Mercer County Homicide Task Force is investigating the case. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406 or contact the Trenton Police confidential tip line at (609) 989-3663. Individuals may also call the Trenton Crime Stoppers tip line at (609) 278-8477. Those wishing to text a tip can send a message labeledTCSTIPS to Trenton Crime Stoppers at 274637.</p> <p><em>- Trentonian staff writer Penny Ray contributed to this report.</em></p> <p><iframe src="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/api/v1/homicides/144.html" width="100%" height="350" frameborder=0></iframe></p> Isaac AviluceaFri, 29 Apr 2016 17:41:17 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2016/04/29/trenton-man-shot-and-killed-friday/Jermaine "Mooky" Johnson