Newark man charged with murder in connection with Hillside fatal shooting

An Essex County man has been arrested and charged with being responsible for the fatal shooting that took place in Hillside last weekend.

Jevon Pittman, 24, of Newark is charged with murder and related weapons offenses in connection with the death of 29-year-old Kevinray Hall of Hillside. 

At approximately 9 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, members of the Union County Homicide Task Force responded to the 100 block of Summer Avenue in Hillside on a report of a shooting to find Hall suffering from multiple gunshot wounds at the scene. He was transported to Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in critical condition for emergency treatment and pronounced dead there at approximately 11:40 p.m.  

A joint investigation by the Homicide Task Force, Hillside Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit resulted in Pittman being identified as a suspect, and he was placed into custody without incident on Warren Street in Newark shortly after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, with members of the Hillside and Newark police departments assisting Prosecutor’s Office detectives in making the arrest. Pittman was subsequently lodged in Union County Jail pending a first appearance in Superior Court.

Anyone with information about the shooting still is being urged to contact Homicide Task Force Sgt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Rich Acosta at 908-347-0404.

Convictions on murder charges are commonly punishable by terms 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.