A Newark New Jersey man faces murder charges for the shooting death of a man who was dating his mother.
The tragic homicide occurred in July 2015. According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the 17-year-old suspect fatally shot the 32-year-old victim while the victim walked his dog along Clinton Place in Newark, NJ.
Moreover, the suspect allegedly conspired with another individual, a 23-year-old male who resided in Newark NJ, to murder the victim. Prosecutors said that the suspect got the handgun used in the homicide from his co-conspirator.
The two co-suspects were allegedly walking on Clinton Place when they saw the victim. The group reportedly got into an altercation that caused one of the men to take a handgun from a backpack. The suspect allegedly used the gun to murder the victim.
A female was also reportedly injured in the shooting. She sustained a minor injury when a bullet grazed the side of her head.
During a subsequent investigation into the shooting, law enforcement found out that the victim of the homicide had been dating the suspect’s mother.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the murder charges, he would face significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3, murder is the most serious criminal offense in the NJ Criminal Code. A conviction on first degree murder charges could result in lifetime incarceration, with a minimum mandatory sentence of 30 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, go to the NJ.com article, “Teen Charged with Killing Mother’s Boyfriend as Victim Walked His Dog.”