Dozen Jersey City ‘Killers’ Indicted

September 9, 2009

Tied to gang that’s been put ‘out of circulation’

jerseycityskylineA dozen members or associates of Jersey City’s 52 Hoover Street Gangsta Crips, who were based at the Booker T. Washington housing development, have been indicted on various charges including four murders and are being prosecuted under a state anti-gang statute, officials said.

“We’ve put this group out of circulation and we plan to continue our efforts with the Jersey City Police Department to curtail this violent activity,” said Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio of the indictment signed yesterday.

The case marks the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office’s largest prosecution under the Gang Criminality statute that took effect Jan. 13, 2008. The law provides a definition of what constitutes a criminal street gang and provides for tougher sentences upon conviction.

Those indicted are Elvis Cooper and Timothy “Eddie” Heard, both 18; Daquan Mixson and Leon Reid, both 19; Rashein Chandler, Quadir Wallace and Jamonee Gantt, all 20; Chajuan Hemingway, Gregory Mallard, Derrick Wallace and Leon Rashard Smith, all 21; and Courtney Hemingway, 22, officials said.

They are charged with committing the crimes “while involved in activities for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with the 52 Hoover Street gang,” officials said.

All 12, in various combinations, are charged with conspiring to cause of the deaths of the four murder victims, according to the indictment.

The victims are Michael Williams, 25, of Union Street; Troy Gregory, 15, of Myrtle Avenue; Lawrence Robertson Jr., 19, and Marcus Roberson, officials said, adding that all were rival gang members with the exception of Williams.

Williams, who was shot on March 30, 2008, at about 2:15 a.m. in the hallway of a Montgomery Gardens housing complex building, was not the intended victim, DeFazio said.

Gregory, who was shot on Feb. 22, 2008, was found at Oak Street near Martin Luther King Drive with a gunshot wound to his face, officials said, adding the victim had a gun in his pocket when he was found.

Robertson was found with two gunshot wounds to the head at 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 1 in the Holland Gardens housing complex, officials said.

Roberson was gunned down in the Montgomery Gardens Community Room during a party on April 14, 2007, officials said.

The indictment is the result of an ongoing investigation begun in 2007 by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in connection with the state attorney general’s statewide anti-gang initiative.

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