WEST ORANGE, NJ - Nineteen year old Malcolm Bagley was a standout football player when he graduated from Orange High School in 2011. After returning home from a successful first year at Dean College in Massachusetts, where he also played football, Bagley was killed in a random drive by shooting on Taylor Street in Orange during Memorial Day weekend on May 27, 2012.
Mark Lovett, 22, of Orange, and Shawn Watford, 26, of East Orange, eventually came forward and turned themselves in in the shooting death of Bagley.
Today, Lovett was convicted of aggravated manslaughter, aggravated assault for shooting another man, unlawful possession of a rifle and possession of a rifle for unlawful purpose after a day and a half of deliberation by an Essex County Jury. The month-long trial was presided over by the Honorable Robert H. Gardner.
The jury acquitted Lovett of the more serious offense of murder and found not guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. Judge Gardner revoked Lovett’s $1,000,000 bail and sentencing has been scheduled for September 12, where Lovett faces up to 35 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Assistant Prosecutor Romesh Sukhdeo, who tried the case, said, “We believe justice was served in this case. Hopefully, this will bring some comfort to the victim’s family.’’
Alleged to be the driver of the vehicle used in Bagley's shooting, co-defendant Shawn Watford will be tried next. Watford is also charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and weapons offenses.