Authorities have charged four people with Homicide, Conspiracy to Commit Homicide, Hindering Apprehension, Obstruction, and False Reporting in connection with an August 9th shooting death of a parent at a youth football practice in Millville, New Jersey. Criminal Defense Attorney Jill R. Cohen keeps a keen eye on the kinds of police and prosecutorial mistakes that can ultimately serve as the basis for the criminal defense of accused individuals in cases like this.
Joseph L. Jones of Millville was shot to death in the parking lot of Lakeside Middle School in Millville on Aug. 9, 2018. Jones was killed by a masked gunman as parents and children were walking back to their cars after football practice. Police previously said that they believed Jones was targeted in the shooting. After the shooting, an Atlantic County detective followed the suspect’s vehicle, a Pontiac Grand Prix, onto Route 55 north out of Millville. During the subsequent chase, shots were reportedly fired from the suspect’s vehicle toward the detective’s vehicle, before the suspects disappeared on Garden Road in Vineland, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Investigation into Fatal Shooting in Millville, New Jersey
The arrests followed a two-month investigation involving the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office, the Millville Police Department, and the New Jersey State Police. The investigation resulted in the recovery of a Glock 9mm handgun from one of the suspects’ homes, with similar shell casings recovered at the scene of the killing. Additionally, a review of text messages and intercepted conversations between the suspects reportedly implicated them in the plot to kill Jones and to cover up the crime after the fact, according to affidavits.
A search of the home of one of the suspects allegedly revealed significant illegal activity involving heroin, cash, drug paraphernalia, and a dog-fighting ring. Detectives also spoke to the owner of an Acura TL that was seen following the Pontiac from Vineland into Millville on the night of the shooting. According to authorities, that person lied to investigators about one of the suspects being involved in the murder.
Cell phone data obtained for the two main suspects also showed they were traveling in a path matching the Pontiac and the Acura on the day of the killing, investigators noted in the affidavits. The motive for the killing remains unknown. All four defendants were placed in Cumberland County Jail pending detention hearings.
Contact Former Camden County Prosecutor Jill Cohen to Discuss Your Criminal Charges in Voorhees, NJ
Every single person is entitled to the highest-quality defense from an experienced criminal defense attorney who is laser-focused on protecting the rights of her clients. With more than 30 years of experience, Camden County criminal lawyer Jill R. Cohen fights tirelessly to keep her clients out of prison and to allow them to return to their lives as soon as possible. In fact, much of her South Jersey criminal law practice involves pre-trial practices, which include gaining dismissals of indictments due to police misconduct and violations of her clients’ constitutional rights. Jill Cohen is very familiar with Superior Court and Municipal Court practices, as well as the many alternatives that are available in lieu of trials and convictions in New Jersey, including Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI), Conditional Discharge, and Drug Court.
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