ELIZABETH, NJ – A Roselle man was found guilty in the shooting death of a borough man a little more than five years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced March 17.
Nyfee Mallory, 23, was convicted on charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of Damel Mitchell. He is one of three men charged in the incident.
Police responded to a report of a person having been shot in the Sylvester Land football field in Roselle shortly before 11 a.m., February 20, 2012, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Michael Sheets, who prosecuted the case. Mitchell was pronounced dead at the scene approximately 15 minutes later, Sheets said.
A joint investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force and Roselle Police Department, assisted by the Union County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Unit and the Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, led to the arrest of Mallory and two then-17-year-old suspects, also from Roselle, two days after the shooting.
The investigation revealed that the three defendants lured the victim, whom they each knew, to the football field that night with the intent to rob him. As Mitchell attempted to flee, Sheets said, he was shot and killed.
The two other suspects, Corey Winston and Derrick Dunn, have been waived to adult court and are pending trial later this year.
Mallory’s sentencing has been scheduled for May 19, 2017, before state Superior Court Judge Stuart Peim. He is facing a minimum of 30 years without parole to life in state prison.