A Union County grand jury has returned indictments against three men charged in connection with a fatal shooting in Rahway last summer, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.
Quincy Oliver, 22, of Rahway, Tyrell Dekle, 22, of Woodbridge, and James C. Sears, 23, of East Orange, a confirmed member of the Piru set of the Bloods street gang, all are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, and two second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of 21-year-old Nigel Morton of Rahway.
It was shortly after 10 p.m. on June 8, 2015 when Morton answered the front door of his Westfield Avenue home and was shot once in the chest, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Henn, who is prosecuting the case.
Morton died of his injuries at a local hospital the following morning, Henn said. A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Rahway Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit resulted in Oliver, Dekle, and Sears being identified as suspects in the case; Oliver was arrested and charged in July 2015, while Dekle and Sears were charged in October 2015.
Convictions on first-degree murder charges commonly result in penalties of 30 years to life in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.