ELIZABETH — The Union County Prosecutor’s Office has charged a 23-year-old Elizabeth man with the 2008 murder of Bashon Rose, officials announced Thursday.
Shawn Hartwell, Jr., identified by the prosecutor’s office as a confirmed member of the Crips street gang, allegedly shot Rose, 22 of Newark, at approximately 11 p.m. on Dec. 26, 2008 in the area of Drake and St. Georges avenues in Roselle. The prosecutor’s office identified Rose as a confirmed member of the Valentine Set of the Bloods street gang.
This case was investigated by Detective Kevin Grimmer of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, who was assisted by members of the Roselle Police Department detective bureau.
Hartwell has been incarcerated since Nov. 10, 2011 on murder charges stemming from the Nov. 9, 2011 shooting death of 31-year-old Linden resident Montau “Monty” McCloud. That fatal shooting occurred in Roselle at approximately 11:30 p.m. in the area of the 1100 block of Warren Street.
McCloud’s death was investigated by Detective Travis Koziol of the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force. McCloud had no gang affiliation and the incident appeared to be due to an ongoing dispute, according to a statement from the prosecutor’s office.
Hartwell’s bail is set at a total of $5 million on both charges, authorities said.
The criminal charges pending against Hartwell are merely accusations; he is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.
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