Izaia Bullock, a junior linebacker at Rutgers University, was arrested and charged in late October 2018 for his alleged connection to a murder plot. According to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Mr. Bullock was engaged in a plan to kill “the family members of an acquaintance.” The targets of this alleged murder conspiracy have no connection to Rutgers University.
Events Leading To Mr. Bullock’s Arrest
Mr. Bullock, a 22-year-old from Piscataway, NJ, was arrested by the Rutgers University Police Department after an unnamed person came forward to police with a recording of Mr. Bullock describing the murder plan and attempting to recruit the unnamed person to be his getaway driver and lookout. According to law enforcement officers, when they confronted Mr. Bullock about his alleged murder plot on the recording, Mr. Bullock confirmed his plan to kill. Police officers then searched Mr. Bullock’s vehicle, wherein they found a mask, gloves, and crushed Tylenol. After confronting Mr. Bullock and conducting a search of his vehicle, police officers arrested him for his alleged role in the murder scheme.
Charges Mr. Bullock Currently Faces And Pendency Of The Criminal Case Against Him
Once arrested, Mr. Bullock was charged by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.
In addition to the four charges of inchoate crimes, on November 1, 2018, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office announced that they have also filed a criminal charge of cyber harassment against Mr. Bullock. This new charge was brought after law enforcement officers learned that Mr. Bullock allegedly threatened a woman by saying that he was going to send nude photographs of her to her employer.
Currently, Mr. Bullock is being detained in Middlesex County Adult Correction Center pending his detention hearing. Originally, Mr. Bullock’s detention hearing was scheduled to be held on November 2, 2018. However, after the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office filed the additional criminal charge against Mr. Bullock, his attorney requested a continuance of this hearing so that he could have an opportunity to review all of the discovery in the case. This continuance was granted by Superior Court Judge Michael Toto.
Since his arrest, Mr. Bullock has been removed from the Rutgers University football team and the university is in the process of initiating disciplinary proceedings against him for his implication in this murder conspiracy. However, being removed from the university’s football team and facing school disciplinary proceedings are the least of Mr. Bullock’s concerns because he stands to be sentenced to between 10 and 30 years in prison on each count of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder as well as to additional sanctions if convicted of all crimes charged.
To date, it is unclear whether Mr. Bullock’s case will go to trial or whether Mr. Bullock will simply plead guilty to the crimes charged. According to New Jersey’s rules governing criminal procedure, Mr. Bullock may file pretrial motions to suppress certain evidence found by police officers or to have his arrest declared unlawful. If either of these motions are granted, it could mean that Mr. Bullock has a better chance of being found not guilty for the crime charges.
Contact an Experienced Westmont Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Murder Charges in New Jersey
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