Gang Member Loses Appeal Of Murder Conviction

Phillipe Barthelus (NJ Dept. of Corrections photo)

Phillipe Barthelus (NJ Dept. of Corrections photo)

ELIZABETH – A gang member serving 60 years in prison for the murder of a woman whose apartment he used as a cocaine distribution hub has lost his appeal for a new trial, according to a Star-Ledger report.

Phillipe Barthelus was convicted of the July 13, 2006 shooting of Jamillah Payne in 2006. Prosecutors said that Barthelus became convinced that Payne betrayed him to rival drug dealers, so he shot her and threw her from the fourth floor apartment’s window.

Barthelus claimed he was not permitted to confront a witness, that the trial judge committed errors and that prosecutors were allowed to use hearsay evidence in his original trial, according to the report.

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