MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Two men are now in custody and have been charged with committing the triple homicide that occurred in Maplewood in January. Specifically, both men have been charged with three counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, felony murder, robbery and weapons charges, stated the Essex County Prosecutor's office in a release.
Early Saturday morning, Lavelle T. Davis, 33, of Galloway, NJ, was arrested in Yonkers, NY, by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the FBI, and the Yonkers Police Department, according to a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
Jimmy P. Mays, age 37, formerly of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, was arrested on Friday in Columbia, MD, by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, the Maplewood Police Department, the FBI and the Maryland State Police. Mays is currently in Maryland pending extradition to New Jersey, according to the Essex County Prosecutor's office.
The three murder victims were found dead on Sunday, Jan. 29, when the Maplewood Fire Department responded to an apartment on Van Ness Court in Maplewood to check on the well-being of a resident, after receiving a call from someone who had been unable to reach the occupants of the apartment.
Upon entry, firefighters found three unresponsive adults, two men and a woman. The individuals were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a release from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.
The victims of the triple homicide were identified as Michael Davis, age 45, of Maplewood, Lance Fraser, age 44, of Newark, and Roshana Kelson, age 30, of Paterson, on Jan. 30.
The Essex County Prosecutor's office also stated that "these are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law or enter a guilty plea."