Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On September 26, 2018, shortly after 10:30 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit arrested Michael Weathersbee, age 25, of Jersey City, for the murder of Laquan Clark.
Weathersbee was arrested at the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor in Jersey City without incident. He was processed and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny.
Weathersbee has been charged with Murder in violation of N.J.S. 2C:11-3, a first-degree crime; Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-4, a second-degree crime; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Firearm) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-5, a second-degree crime; and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon (Firearm) in violation of N.J.S. 2C:39-7.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the arrest.
On Sunday, September 23, 2018, at approximately 2:10 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department received a report of a male shot in the area of New Street in Jersey City. Upon arrival, Jersey City Police Officers found a male sitting in a car in the area of 14 New Street with apparent multiple gunshot wounds.
The victim, later identified as Laquan Clark, age 33, of Jersey City, was transported by Emergency Medical Services to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at approximately 2:40 a.m.
The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the Cause of death to be gunshot wounds to the torso and head, and the Manner of death to be Homicide.
The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case with assistance from the Jersey City Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/ . All information will be kept confidential.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).