Newark NJ police are looking into a homicide after law enforcement discovered a man dead on a city street.
According to Newark officials, police got a call about a man lying unconscious in the 300 block of Elm Street in the Ironbound section of Newark, New Jersey. When police showed up at the scene, they came across the victim. Authorities said that the victim had sustained body trauma.
The victim was transported to a local hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The precise cause of the victim’s death has not been disclosed. Newark medical examiners will conduct an autopsy and then make an official determination about the cause of death.
Members of the Newark Police Department Homicide Task Force and detectives with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the suspected murder. Not long after discovering the victim’s body, police searched the area and tried to find evidence in the case.
Investigators have not yet identified a suspect or a motive for the murder.
If police do identify a suspect in the killing, it is likely that the suspect would face criminal charges for felony murder. N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3 classifies murder as a first degree felony and the most serious crime in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction for first degree murder charges could lead to life imprisonment, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
According to law enforcement, this was the 85th homicide Newark in 2015.
For additional information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Authorities Investigate 2nd Newark Homicide in as Many Days.”