Newark Woman Shot and Killed During Thanksgiving Carjacking

Homicide Lawyers in Newark NJAn adult and a minor were recently arrested and charged with murder after they allegedly killed a woman during a violent carjacking incident in Newark on Thanksgiving night. The victim, 40-year-old Shuri Henry, was returning to her residence on South 20th Street in Newark, NJ at 11:00 p.m. after having Thanksgiving dinner with her nephew. As Henry exited her vehicle, a 2015 Kia Sorrento, the two suspects allegedly shot her and stole the car.

Emergency medical responders went to the scene and transported Henry to University Hospital in Newark. Tragically, doctors at the medical facility were unable to save Henry’s life: she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Meanwhile, Newark detectives and Essex County detectives investigated the homicide and identified the suspects: 18-year-old Supreme A. Allah, Jr. and a 14-year-old boy whose identity has not been revealed because he’s a juvenile. Patrol cops later saw the stolen car near the intersection of Springfield Avenue and Jacobs Street. Police officers then captured three suspects who got out of the car and tried to flee on foot; a fourth suspect got away.

Juveniles Charged as Adults in NJ

The two main suspects face a number of criminal charges: murder, felony murder, carjacking, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and conspiracy to commit murder. It’s possible that both suspects could be sentenced to life imprisonment in New Jersey State Prison. This is true for the juvenile suspect because he faces adult charges in superior court. Although juvenile defendants typically have their cases handled in the juvenile justice system in NJ, juveniles charged with violent crimes like murder and carjacking can be charged as adults. In this particular case, the minor suspect will probably have his case handled in the Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey.

A third suspect in the carjacking case, 20-year-old Antonio L. Torres, faces criminal charges for eluding police. According to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, Torres drove the stolen vehicle after the violent theft crime. Torres does not currently face more serious charges for murder, robbery, or carjacking. However, since law enforcement is actively investigating the violent incident, prosecutors could still decide to file additional charges against Torres.

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If you have been charged with a violent crime in Newark, Millburn, Montclair, or anywhere else in Essex County, the consequences could be severe: you may even face decades in prison. That’s why it is crucial that you talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney about your charges. Newark criminal lawyer Travis Tormey is prepared to handle your case and help you avoid the most severe penalties. Contact Attorney Tormey now.