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Man charged in shooting death

A 19-year-old New Jersey man is facing murder charges after he allegedly shot a 37-year-old father of three to death in Jersey City on Oct. 5. He was taken into custody by officers from the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office Homicide Unit on Oct. 11.

According to authorities, the defendant shot the man at around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Central Avenue and Graham Street. The victim, who was employed as a Lyft driver, was found unresponsive in front of a business on Central Avenue. He was taken to a nearby medical facility and pronounced dead at around 8:55 p.m. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to his torso, but he also suffered blunt force trauma to his head. A second man also suffered injuries to his head and body, but he survived.

Woman charged with murder after attacking boyfriend with pans

On Oct. 2, a New Jersey woman was taken into custody after she allegedly killed her boyfriend with two frying pans. The attack reportedly occurred on Sept. 2 and he died of his injuries on Sept. 26.

Authorities said that the 33-year-old Camden woman followed the boyfriend into a convenience store that was located near her home. There, she allegedly beat him in the face with the two frying pans at about 7:20 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, they reportedly found the 35-year-old man bleeding from face and head injuries he had suffered during the attack. He was immediately transported to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery. It was not known what the motive for the attack was.

Necessary elements for tampering with evidence charges

Tampering with evidence is a very specific charge that needs a number of elements to be in place before it can be pursued. To charge a person in New Jersey with evidence tampering, it is first necessary that the person intends to destroy the evidence. Neither abandoning a piece of evidence or throwing it away necessarily shows intent. If a person destroys evidence accidentally, the charge of tampering cannot be applied.

The person must also have knowledge that destroying the evidence will result in a change in the situation and have a certain outcome. If the person is unaware of the relevance of a piece of evidence to an investigation and destroys the evidence, the mistake of fact defense might apply. The person must also be aware that a crime has been committed and that an investigation is likely. People who are drunk, voluntarily or involuntarily, when the evidence is tampered with can claim they did not know what they were doing. Another potential defense is claiming evidence was abandoned and not destroyed.

Man accused in the stabbing of 18-year-old teenager

A Boston man who was an alleged MS-13 gang member was taken into custody on Sept. 1 after he was accused of killing a teenager in New Jersey. Two others were also taken into custody at the same time, though they have not been charged in the death.

An 18-year-old teenager was found stabbed to death by a passerby at about 7:40 a.m. on Aug. 28 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The teenager had stab wounds to the head, neck and torso. Authorities pronounced the teenage dead at the scene. The county medical examiner later ruled that the death was a homicide. It was determined that the alleged MS-13 gang member, age 20, could potentially be responsible for the death. He was taken into custody after police set up surveillance in Boston for unrelated offenses.

Woman facing attempted murder charge

On Aug. 12, it was reported that a 26-year-old New Jersey woman was facing charges after she was accused of attempting to kill her grandmother. The woman allegedly fed juice that had been laced with antifreeze to the 84-year-old.

According to investigators involved in the case, the accused woman purchased the antifreeze from a local store in July. She then later poured the chemicals into the juice and gave it to her elderly relative. It was believed that the older woman drank the mixture at least once but did not become ill, though she did comment that it tasted bad. The Roxbury resident reportedly confessed that she intended to kill her grandmother to a friend and to officials. She was facing charges for first-degree attempted murder.

Understanding New Jersey age of consent laws

If a person is under the age of 16, he or she is unable to consent to participate in sexual activity in the state of New Jersey. However, there are exceptions for those between the ages of 13 and 15 who engage in sexual activity with those no more than four years older than them. The age of consent is 18 if the older sexual partner has authority over the younger one or if the older partner is a family member.

There are two different crimes people could be charged with if they engage in sexual acts with those under the age of consent. The first charge is endangering the welfare of a child while the other is lewdness. An individual may be charged with second, third or fourth degree endangerment while lewdness is a fourth-degree charge.

New Jersey man charged with killing his girlfriend

A 49-year-old man was charged with murder after allegedly killing his 54-year-old female roommate. According to police, they arrived at their apartment on Wesley Avenue at about 8:40 a.m. on July 22 after getting a report of a dead body. Authorities say that they are not sure how the woman died, but an autopsy had been scheduled.

They have asked the community for any information that they may have about the case. According to reports, the man and his victim were in a relationship at the time of their death. It was also reported that the two shared the apartment where the crime took place. In addition to the murder charge, the man was charged with aggravated assault and endangering his victim.

Teacher accused of adopting student for sexual assault

On July 6, it was reported that a New Jersey teacher was accused of adopting a teenage boy only to allegedly sexually assault him. The 43-year-old teacher reportedly adopted the 15-year-old boy in 2015 after he was kicked out of a relative's home.

According to the criminal complaint against the teacher, the incidents began in June 2016 when she allegedly began touching him. Eventually she allegedly began a sexual relationship with him. It was alleged that she had sex daily with him almost every day for a period of several months. The boy stated that he wanted the sex to stop, but she wanted to continue the sexual relationship. The teacher, who taught with the Trenton Public Schools district, was charged with assaulting an underage male in May. Her attorney stated that the charges were a "fabrication".

Man convicted of murder sentenced to life in prison

On June 26, a New Jersey man who was accused of being involved in the death of an attorney was sentenced to life in prison. A jury found the 36-year-old South Orange man guilty of murder and several other associated offenses.

The incident occurred in 2013 during a carjacking at a Short Hills mall. Prosecutors said that the attorney was fatally shot when the convicted man and three others were attempting to steal the man's Range Rover from a parking deck. The attorney was fatally shot during a struggle with the accused men. Following the shooting, the wife was ordered to get out of the vehicle. The alleged carjackers then drove away in the vehicle. The attorney's wife was reportedly not injured in the carjacking incident.

Man faces murder charge after woman dies

A 48-year-old woman was found dead on a street in Trenton, New Jersey over Memorial Day weekend. On June 2, an 18-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with her death. He was charged after authorities conducted interviews and watched surveillance footage. That was enough for them to identify the man leaving the 900 block of South Broad Street at about 11:10 p.m. on the night of the incident.

When police arrived at the location, they found the woman had suffered multiple stab wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. A neighbor said that he heard the woman screaming for help, but he couldn't see anything when he looked out the window of his home. In addition to the murder charge, the defendant was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Prosecutors want the man detained for the entire trial.

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