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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: January 23, 2014
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: January 23, 2014
Three indicted in fatal shooting
panel, sitting in
In a case presented by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Manuel Sameiro, the grand jury accused the trio of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose and unlawful possession of a handgun.
panel also attached a first degree count of gang criminality to each of the murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses,
contending that the defendants acted on behalf of a street gang, identified as
addition, the grand jury charged Morales, also known as Darwin Garcia, with
seven counts including attempted murder, weapons offenses and related gang
criminality offenses for shooting Mendez on a prior occasion. Mendez survived
after he was wounded on November 27, 2011, while walking in a park in
Although the other man was not injured, the grand jury identified him as a second intended victim and added attempted murder and gang criminality counts against Morales.
charges were handed up following an investigation by Detective Brandt Gregus of
the New Brunswick Police Department and Investigator
investigation began when police were dispatched to
was arrested in
They have since remained in custody in lieu of bail.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Gregus of the New Brunswick Police Department at (732)745-5217, or Investigator Crocco of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office at (732) 745-4471.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Morales, Lemus-Ramos and Islas are presumed innocent until proven guilty.