FREEHOLD – A Monmouth County grand jury returned a five-count indictment Wednesday charging a borough resident with murder and attempted murder charges stemming from an April 2013 shooting in Asbury Park, authorities said.
Jamar S. Walker, 31, was also indicted on charges of possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and possession of hollow point bullets, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Asbury Park police responded to reports of shots being fired in the 1400 block of Mattison Avenue, in Asbury Park, about 7:22 p.m. on April 18, 2013. Police arrived to find two victims lying in the street — Orlando Rowe, 30, of Bridgeport, Conn, and a 23-year old Freehold Borough man.
A joint investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Asbury Park Police Department and Freehold Borough Police Department revealed that Walker and the two victims met earlier in the day in Neptune Township and traveled to Asbury Park where a verbal dispute occurred while standing outside of a car, when Walker drew a gun and shot the two victims.
Rowe died at a local hospital later that night. The other victim was also transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery for his extensive injuries.
Walker later turned himself in and he remains in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, held on $1.5 million bail with no 10 percent option, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, P.J.Cr.
If convicted of first degree murder, Walker faces a maximum of life in prison, subject to the provisions of the “No Early Release Act” (NERA) requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole, or a minimum of 30 years in a state prison without parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.
If convicted of first-degree attempted murder, Walker faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, subject to the provisions of NERA requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from prison.
If convicted of the second degree crimes of weapons possession, Walker faces between five and 10 years in state prison, and required to serve between one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed, or three years, whichever is greater, before he could become eligible for parole.
Lastly, if convicted of possession of hollow point bullets, Walker faces an additional 18 months imprisonment.
Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and state law.
The case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutors Jacquelynn Seely and Tara Wilson. The defendant is represented by Robert Gaynor, Esq., of Freehold.
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