Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On Monday, August 22, 2016 at approximately 9 p.m., Daequan Jackson, wanted for the August 9, 2016, murder of Leander Williams surrendered on an outstanding warrant for his arrest to Homicide detectives of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.
On August 18, 2016, an arrest warrant was issued for Daequan Jackson, age 18, of Jersey City, charging him with Murder in violation of N.J.S. 2C:11-3a(1)(2), a first degree crime; two counts of Aggravated Assault in violation of N.J.S. 2C:12-1B(1); and various related firearm offenses.
Jackson was processed Monday night on his arrest warrant and then transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at approximately 11:25 p.m., Jersey City Police were dispatched to 517 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City on a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police found an unresponsive male with an apparent wound to his upper body. The victim was later identified as
Leander Williams, age 17, of Jersey City. The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 12 a.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.
Police Officers also found a female victim, age 16, with an apparent wound to her upper body. She was transported to Jersey City Medical Center where she was treated and released.
Police Officers found a second female victim, age 12, in a nearby restaurant with wounds to her upper body caused during the same incident. The second victim was also transported to Jersey City Medical Center for treatment of her wounds where she was treated and released at a later date.
Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit, who led the investigation.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).