Newark Cops Arrest Fourth Suspect in Carjacking & Murder on Thanksgiving
One of the men arrested and charged in connection with a carjacking and murder in Newark on Thanksgiving reportedly confessed his involvement in the crimes to investigators. The suspect, 26-year-old Newark resident Murad Lampley, allegedly had a role in the violent killing of 40-year-old Shuri Henry. The deadly incident occurred on Thanksgiving Day when Henry came back to her house on the 300 block of South 20th Street in Newark, NJ. According to officials, Henry was shot and killed by the culprits – who then stole her 2015 Kia Sorrento and drove away.
The next day, Newark police officers saw the stolen car near Springfield Avenue and chased after it. Following a brief pursuit, cops arrested three people inside the vehicle: 18-year-old Supreme Allah, 20-year-old Antonio Torres, and a 14-year-old boy. The fourth person inside the motor vehicle, Lampley, was able to get away. However, Newark police eventually caught him. Lampley later told Newark detectives that he was one of the individuals responsible for the carjacking and murder on Thanksgiving. Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Naazneen Khan said that Lampley “provided members of the prosecutor’s office with a statement implicating himself.”
First Degree Murder Charges for Suspects in Fatal Newark Carjacking Case
Three suspects in the Newark carjacking murder case – Lampley, Allah, and the juvenile defendant – are charged with murder, felony murder, carjacking, robbery, and unlawful possession of a weapon. The fourth suspect, Torres, has only been charged with eluding police because was allegedly seen driving the stolen vehicle just before Newark police made the initial arrests.
Lampley is being detained at the Essex County Jail in Newark while the criminal charges remain pending. He will be held without bail, per a ruling by Essex County Superior Court Judge Peter V. Ryan. In most cases of violent crimes like carjacking and murder in NJ, the defendants are not allowed to post bail and must remain behind bars until the case is resolved. In this case, Lampley will probably have to stay behind bars until he stands trial or until he reaches a plea deal with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, Lampley could face life imprisonment. That’s because murder is a special kind of first degree felony in New Jersey and has a maximum punishment of life in NJ State Prison (with a minimum term of incarceration of 30 years). Moreover, Lampley’s prior criminal record, which includes previous convictions for resisting arrest and receiving stolen property, could be a major factor in any sentence handed down by the Essex County superior court judge if Lampley is convicted.
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