NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP – Two Bayshore men have been indicted for a double homicide that took place on January 19.
Gabriel Braithwaite, 19, of Keansburg and Jerod Dearin, 22, of the Cliffwood Beach section of Aberdeen are both charged with two counts of first-degree Murder and single counts of first-degree Conspiracy to Commit Murder, two related second-degree weapons offenses, and third-degree Hindering Apprehension, police said.
The charges are in connection with the shooting deaths of Samore Edwards, 18, of Plainfield, and Isaiah Williams, 19, of New Brunswick.
According to police, the victims were shot in a car on the 1300 block of Washington Avenue in Neptune Township. Edwards was dead at the scene and Williams was pronounced at the hospital.
If convicted of the charges against them, both face a possible sentence of life in prison.
An investigation involving members of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, the Neptune Township Police Department, and the Keansburg Police Department resulted in Braithwaite and Dearin being identified as suspects in the case, and they were taken into custody without incident in early February.
Anyone with any information about this matter is still being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Christopher Guy toll-free at 1-800-533-7443 or Neptune Township Police Department Detective Darell Harris at 732-988-8000 ext. 408.
Despite the 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.