NJ Gov. Murphy claimed his EO to release prisoners to curb COVID outbreaks struck “a balance between public health, public safety, and victims’ rights.” I beg to differ.
New Jersey authorities charged two men with the murder of an 18-year-old on November 6, 2020.
Jerry D. Crawford, one of the men charged, left prison two days earlier due to Gov. Phil Murphy’s initiative to curb COVID outbreaks in prison. Over 2,000 inmates left prison in November 2020.
Murphy presented the executive order in April 2020.
Tonight, I signed an EO allowing vulnerable, low-risk inmates to receive temporary home confinement to protect their health and the health and safety of those working in our correctional facilities, striking a balance between public health, public safety, and victims’ rights. pic.twitter.com/N2xiT6ZzEC
— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) April 11, 2020
Crawford left prison on November 4, 2020.
David Scarborough, 18, died two days later, allegedly at the hands of Crawford and Yusuf Waites:
He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators found two distinct groupings of shell casings at the scene, according to court documents filed in the case.
Detectives learned Scarbrough had been at nearby Burlington Manor Apartments prior to the shooting and surveillance video from that complex showed him with two other men, documents said.
He can be seen leaving the area on foot with those men and they are last seen walking toward the area where Scarbrough died, investigators noted in affidavits of probable cause filed in the case[.]
Crawford and Waites face first-degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder charges.
Waites left prison a month before the murder. Authorities also indicted him “for attempting to kill two other men in a sweeping indictment involving eight other defendants, another killing, a drive-by shooting and a daylight gun battle.”DONATE
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