Shaela Johnson | Homicide Watch Trentonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/victims/shaela-johnson/Latest news about Shaela Johnsonen-usWed, 10 Apr 2019 20:52:58 -04003 men charged in murder of Trenton teen Shaela Johnsonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/04/10/3-men-charged-in-murder-of-trenton-teen-shaela-johnson/<p>A brutal murder case has finally been solved.</p> <p>Three defendants have been charged in connection with the November 2018 slaying of 19-year-old Shaela Johnson and the subsequent torching of the suspected getaway vehicle.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-7033" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton-300x187.jpg" alt="Nazier Francois (left) and Keith Hamilton are two of the three defendants charged in connection with the November 2018 murder of 19-year-old Trenton woman Shaela Johnson." width="300" height="187" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton-300x187.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton-768x478.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton-500x311.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton-800x498.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Francois_Hamilton.jpg 964w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Nazier Francois (left) and Keith Hamilton are two of the three defendants charged in connection with the November 2018 murder of 19-year-old Trenton woman Shaela Johnson.</p> <p>Nazier “Fredo” Francois and Watson “Boone” George have each been charged with first-degree accomplice liability felony murder while the third defendant, Keith S. Hamilton, has been charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated arson and fourth-degree conspiracy to destroy physical evidence.</p> <p>Francois, 20, of Trenton, and George, 19, of Ewing, are accused of being the gunmen who shot and killed Johnson in broad daylight. The victim was shot at least 14 times by two gunmen who sprayed up the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue outside of a deli around 2:15 p.m. Nov. 27, 2018. She was on probation at the time of her violent death.  <span id="more-7032"></span></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6925" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg" alt="Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday." width="227" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg 227w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-500x660.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-606x800.jpg 606w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg 608w" sizes="(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.</p> <p>Hamilton, 21, of Trenton, is accused of aiding and abetting Francois and George in the plot to set the getaway vehicle on fire following the grisly homicide.</p> <p>Authorities say the 2012 Nissan Maxima used by the alleged killers was stolen out of Hamilton on Nov. 19, 2018. Police later found the car engulfed in flames near the intersection of East Howell and Franklin streets not long after the deadly shooting. Officials say the fire was lit intentionally.</p> <p><strong>Charging documents</strong></p> <p>Authorities on April 3 filed separate complaint warrants charging Francois, George and Hamilton in connection with the murder of Johnson and the subsequent arson that destroyed a Nissan.</p> <p>Francois and George face 18 criminal offenses, including first-degree accomplice liability murder and numerous weapons offenses. Hamilton has been hammered with six offenses charging him as an accomplice to arson and evidence tampering, according to court records.</p> <p>Francois has been incarcerated at the Mercer County Correction Center without bail since April 5 following his arrest last Thursday. A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered Francois to be detained on pretrial detention, records show. Francois is represented by defense attorney Mark G. Davis.</p> <p>Court records show George has retained John Furlong as his defense attorney effective Wednesday in connection with the murder case. George has another pending case on his rap sheet, for Trooper Chris Talar of the New Jersey State Police arrested George Feb. 21 in Ewing, charging him with weapons offenses, receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of drugs, records show.</p> <p>Hamilton has been in jail since March 8 for allegedly violating probation. He pleaded guilty in a weapons case last year and was sentenced to five years of probation, according to public records. Hamilton is represented by public defender Nicole Carlo in the murder case and has a detention hearing scheduled for Friday.</p> <p>While three people have been charged in connection with the homicide and arson effective April 3, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office has not immediately announced the charges against the trio. The office has released some information about Francois and Hamilton but has not divulged any details about George’s alleged role in the slaying as of Wednesday.</p> <p>Sources say Johnson appeared to be the target of the grisly shooting, as one gunman stood over her and fired a few rounds while she was on the ground, striking her in the arms, chest and head. Video shows a second gunman chase a second victim down the street, but it was unclear whether that person was struck by gunfire.</p> <p>Johnson was reportedly taken to the hospital via a pickup truck, rushed into emergency surgery and later pronounced dead. She was actually one of six people arrested in April 2017 following the attempted killing of Zaire Jackson, who in February 2017 was acquitted of murder charges in connection with the 2012 shooting death of Irvin “Swirv” Jackson.</p> <p>Johnson and others were charged with weapons offenses after police found them in a nearby apartment with guns shortly after Zaire Jackson was shot in the stomach two years ago.</p> <p>After a judge released the group from jail on the weapons offenses, Johnson was arrested seven months later for allegedly dealing heroin. She was executed in a brazen shooting last November at the age of 19.</p> <p>The police investigation revealed numerous .45 and .40 caliber shell casings in the intersection of Stuyvesant and Hoffman avenues, as well as on the sidewalk and in the entryway of a deli on Stuyvesant Avenue in Trenton’s West Ward, according to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office.</p> <p>Area surveillance footage showed two males exiting a Nissan Maxima and firing at the victim. Police located the vehicle engulfed in flames at the intersection of Howell and Franklin streets a few hours later, authorities confirmed in a news release.</p> <p>The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.</p> Sulaiman Abdur-RahmanWed, 10 Apr 2019 20:52:58 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/04/10/3-men-charged-in-murder-of-trenton-teen-shaela-johnson/Shaela JohnsonTrenton man arrested for for 2018 daylight murder of 19-year-old Shaela Johnsonhttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/04/05/trenton-man-arrested-for-for-2018-daylight-murder-of-19-year-old-shaela-johnson/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Nazier-Francois.jpg"><img class="wp-image-7030 size-medium" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Nazier-Francois-240x300.jpg" alt="Nazier Francois" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Nazier-Francois-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2019/04/Nazier-Francois.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Nazier Francois</p> <p style="text-align: left;">TRENTON — A city man has been arrested for the murder of 19-year-old Shaela Johnson.</p> <p>Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday that Nazier Francois, of Chambers Street, is charged with murder and numerous other offenses, including attempted murder, conspiracy, aggravated assault, aggravated arson, weapons and tampering with evidence, related to the November 27, 2018 shooting death of Johnson.</p> <p>The daylight killing of Johnson shocked the city as surveillance video showed two men jump out of a vehicle and gun down a woman, later identified as Johnson, in front of a deli on the 800 block of Stuyvesant Ave.<span id="more-7029"></span></p> <p>Law enforcement sources said at the time that she was shot approximately 14 times.</p> <p>Sources said Johnson appeared to be the target of the shooting, as one gunman stood over her and fired a few rounds while she was on the ground, striking her in the arms, chest, and head.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6919" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-300x225.jpg" alt="A woman was gunned down in the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-300x225.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-768x576.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-500x375.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-800x600.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157.jpg 864w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A woman was gunned down in the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)</p> <p>The video shows a second gunman chase a second victim down the street, but it’s unclear whether that person was struck by gunfire, according to police.</p> <p>Johnson was reportedly taken to the hospital via a pickup truck, rushed into emergency surgery and later pronounced dead.</p> <p>Authorities say the 2012 Nissan Maxima used by the gunmen was stolen out of Hamilton on November 19. After the murder, police found the car engulfed in flames near the intersection of East Howell and Franklin streets. Officials say the fire was lit intentionally.</p> <p>The investigation is ongoing. The second suspect has not been arrested. Anyone with information is asked to contact the MCHTF at (609) 989-6406. Information can also be emailed to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.</p> <p>Johnson was one of six people arrested in April of 2017 following the attempted killing of Zaire Jackson, who was acquitted of murder charges in connection with the 2012 death of Irvin “Swirv” Jackson. Johnson and others were charged with weapons offenses after police found them in a nearby apartment with guns shortly after Zaire was shot in the stomach.</p> <p>After a judge released the group from jail on the weapons offenses, Johnson was arrested seven months later for dealing heroin.</p> <p>Court records show Johnson was on probation at the time of her death.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6924" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson-240x300.jpg" alt="Shaela Johnson" width="240" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Shaela Johnson</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6920" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-300x225.jpg" alt="Police investigate Trenton's final murder of 2018, which left a woman dead in November. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)" width="300" height="225" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-300x225.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-768x576.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-500x375.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-800x600.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164.jpg 864w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Police investigate Trenton's final murder of 2018, which left a woman dead in November. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-6925" src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg" alt="Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday." width="227" height="300" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg 227w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-500x660.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-606x800.jpg 606w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg 608w" sizes="(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday.</p> John BerryFri, 05 Apr 2019 16:50:38 -0400http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2019/04/05/trenton-man-arrested-for-for-2018-daylight-murder-of-19-year-old-shaela-johnson/Shaela JohnsonWoman murdered in Trenton Tuesday, suspects set getaway car on firehttp://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/11/27/woman-shot-in-the-head-in-trenton-tuesday-afternoon/<a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-500x375.jpg" alt="Police investigate a murder in Trenton Tuesday afternoon. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)" width="500" height="375" class="size-large wp-image-6920" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-500x375.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-300x225.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-768x576.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164-800x600.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110164.jpg 864w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Police investigate a murder in Trenton Tuesday afternoon. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)</p> <p>A reputed gang member who was suspected in several capital city shootings was gunned down Tuesday afternoon in a notorious crime hotspot.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg" alt="Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday." width="227" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-6925" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-227x300.jpg 227w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-500x660.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson-606x800.jpg 606w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_johnson.jpg 608w" sizes="(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Shaela Johnson was murdered in Trenton Tuesday.</p> <p>Shaela Johnson, a 19-year-old member of the Crips street gang, was shot and killed around 2:15 p.m. when two gunmen sprayed up the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue, according to law enforcement who say she was shot approximately 14 times. </p> <p>Police sources say video of the shooting shows the gunmen pull up in front of a deli, jump out of a vehicle and fire at Johnson and another person standing with her on the corner. The store was effectively closed for the day following the latest capital city bloodshed.</p> <p>Sources say Johnson appears to be the target of the shooting, as one gunman stood over her and fired a few rounds while she was on the ground, striking her in the arms, chest and head. <span id="more-6915"></span></p> <p>Video shows a second gunman chase a second victim down the street, but it’s unclear whether that person was struck by gunfire, according to police.</p> <p>Johnson was reportedly taken to the hospital via a pickup truck, rushed into emergency surgery and later pronounced dead. As of press time, no other victims have reported being shot during the incident.</p> <p>Authorities blocked the intersection of Stuyvesant and Hoffman avenues with police vehicles and crime scene tape following the homicide, impacting students on their way home from school. A school bus driver was forced to make a U-turn in the middle of Stuyvesant Avenue.</p> <p>Authorities say the 2012 Nissan Maxima used by the gunmen was stolen out of Hamilton on November 19. After the murder, police found the car engulfed in flames near the intersection of East Howell and Franklin streets. Officials say the fire was lit intentionally.</p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson-240x300.jpg" alt="Shaela Johnson" width="240" height="300" class="size-medium wp-image-6924" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson-240x300.jpg 240w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/Shaela-Johnson.jpg 480w" sizes="(max-width: 240px) 100vw, 240px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">Shaela Johnson</p> <p>Johnson was one of six people arrested in April last year following the <a href="https://www.trentonian.com/news/six-arrested-after-shooting-that-injured-man-acquitted-of-murder/article_4051f882-8742-5b6a-8f8f-b2023619fc33.html">attempted killing of Zaire Jackson</a>, who was acquitted of murder charges in connection with the 2012 death of Irvin “Swirv” Jackson. Johnson and others were charged with weapons offenses after police found them in a nearby apartment with guns shortly after Zaire was shot in the stomach.</p> <p>After a judge <a href="https://www.trentonian.com/news/judge-releases-six-mercer-county-inmates-following-shooting-that-injured/article_7c33f4f6-0b13-58b3-9821-02256ca9b39b.html">released the group from jail</a> on the weapons offenses, Johnson was arrested seven months later for <a href="https://www.trentonian.com/news/assault-by-auto-drugs-and-gun-nov-police-blotter/article_fd2bede3-f9d6-512d-86b4-96885dd5a21d.html">dealing heroin</a>.</p> <p>Court records show Johnson was on probation at the time of her death.</p> <p>Johnson's killing is the second brazen daylight murder to happen in Trenton this month. <a href="http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/11/14/man-killed-on-spring-street-in-trenton-in-afternoon-shooting/">Quanmir Spears</a>, 28, was shot in the head on Spring Street two weeks ago. </p> <p>As of press time, no one has been arrested in connection with Johnson’s murder. Anyone with information about the killing is asked to contact the Mercer County Homicide Task Force at 609-989-6406. Or email tips to mchtftips@mercercounty.org.</p> <p><em>Trentonian staff writer Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman contributed to this report.</em></p> <a href="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157.jpg"><img src="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-500x375.jpg" alt="A woman was gunned down in the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)" width="500" height="375" class="size-large wp-image-6919" srcset="http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-500x375.jpg 500w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-300x225.jpg 300w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-768x576.jpg 768w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157-800x600.jpg 800w, http://wordpress.homicidewatch.org/trenton/files/2018/11/rsz_p1110157.jpg 864w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A woman was gunned down in the 800 block of Stuyvesant Avenue Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman - Trentonian)</p> Penny RayTue, 27 Nov 2018 15:03:06 -0500http://trenton.homicidewatch.org/2018/11/27/woman-shot-in-the-head-in-trenton-tuesday-afternoon/Shaela Johnson