A Newark New Jersey man has been indicted on murder charges for allegedly shooting and killing a person at a city housing complex.
According to law enforcement, the suspect shot and killed someone at the Stephen Crane Housing Complex. The housing complex is located on North 6th Street in Newark, NJ. The fatal shooting happened around noon on April 28, 2015.
According to witnesses, the 30-year-old suspect and the 32-year-old victim were involved in a fistfight prior to the killing. After a few bystanders broke up the altercation, the suspect reportedly left the scene and retrieved a handgun.
The suspect later returned to the scene of the fight and allegedly shot and killed the suspect.
Police investigated and later placed the suspect under arrest. He has been charged with several crimes, including first degree murder, second degree unlawful possession of a handgun, and second degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.
The suspect was recently indicted by an Essex County grand jury.
If the suspect is convicted at trial of first degree murder, he would face severe penalties. Murder is the most serious criminal offense in the New Jersey Criminal Code. A conviction on first degree murder charges could result in life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory term of incarceration of 30 years in NJ State Prison.
While the suspect is awaiting arraignment on the charges in September, he is being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark New Jersey in lieu of $1 million bail.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Man After Fistfight.”