01/16/20 State v. Leroy Frazier, Guilty Verdict after Jury Trial

On January 16, 2020, Leroy Frazier, 21 of Bridgeton, was found guilty after a two-week trial before the Honorable Robert G. Malestein, J.S.C.  The jury returned a verdict of guilty after 4 hours of deliberation on Conspiracy to Commit Murder (1st degree), Aggravated Manslaughter (1st degree), Attempted Murder (1st degree), two counts of Aggravated Assault (2nd and 3rd degree), and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose (2nd degree).

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on July 17, 2018 in the City of Bridgeton, when the victim, 9 year-old Jennifer Trejo, was struck and killed by a bullet that ripped through her bedroom wall of her home on Church Street.  Leroy Frazier, along with codefendants Michael Elliot, Zahmere McKoy, and Charles Gamble were charged with her death.  (Elliot, McKoy and Gamble are all still pending trial.)

Sentencing is scheduled for February 21, 2020.  Frazier faces a mandatory life imprisonment without parole under 2C:43-7.1(a) based on his prior criminal history.

Senior Trial Attorney Elizabeth Vogelsong prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.  The defendant was represented by Emily Bell, Esq.

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