Newark New Jersey police are investigating the recent homicide of a man on New Year’s Day.
The man was killed around 2:13 a.m., not long after the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve. The Newark Police Department received an emergency call about a domestic altercation at an apartment located on Spruce Street in Newark, NJ.
When Newark police officers got to the apartment building and went to the residence, they found the victim unresponsive.
Emergency medical responders treated the victim at the scene, but he was pronounced dead shortly after they got to the scene.
Law enforcement indicated that the victim died due to injuries sustained during a domestic dispute. The precise cause of death won’t be determined until Essex County coroners are able to perform an autopsy on the victim.
Meanwhile, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit is looking into the death.
Newark NJ police are also investigating the killing of a man earlier on New Year’s Eve. The homicide happened around 5:30 p.m. on the 100 block of Camden Street. The 26-year-old victim was shot and killed while walking along the street.
When Newark police found the victim, he was unresponsive. Tragically, the victim was pronounced dead a short time later.
Essex County investigators do not think that the two homicides are connected.
If police can eventually identify and arrest a suspect in either killing, it is expected that serious criminal charges for murder would follow. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is classified as a first degree crime and can result in a punishment of life imprisonment in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, see the NJ.com article, “Newark’s Last Homicide of 2015, First of 2016 Come Just Hours Apart.”