In New Jersey, homicide (murder) is the most serious criminal offense under the state’s criminal code. N.J.S.A. 2C:11-3 classifies homicide as a first degree felony. And that’s exactly how Hamilton Township police recently charged a man suspected of killing an Atlantic City resident three years ago. According to authorities, the suspect was just 17 years old at the time of the shooting. For that reason, his name has not yet been released publicly.
At this time, it is not clear if the suspect will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult. If the suspect in this case is tried as an adult, he could be looking at a possible life sentence in NJ State Prison.
The 48-year-old victim’s body was discovered by police in February 2011. Police officers had been called to the victim’s apartment in Lighthouse Plaza after a neighbor reported an odor coming from the home. According to police, the victim had been shot in the chest.
After discovering the identity of the suspect, police found him at a relative’s home on Magellan Avenue in Atlantic City. Officials indicated that police were able to arrest the suspect without incident. The suspect has been charged with felony murder, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and robbery.
If you or someone you know is facing murder charges, contact the Atlantic City, NJ Law Offices of John W. Tumelty for experienced representation.