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23-year-old Linden Man Indicted for First Degree Murder

Suspect Shansey Abernathy indicted in the Homicide of 27-year-old Alphonso Pearson. Credits: Union County Prosecutor's Office

LINDEN, NJ - A Linden resident has been indicted for the fatal daylight shooting of a 27-year-old Linden man late last year, prosecutors announced Monday.

According to the Union County Prosecutor's Office, Shansey Abernathy was charged with first-degree murder and two related second-degree weapons offenses in connection with the death of Alphonso Pearson.

The Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremiah Lenihan, shortly after 12:45 p.m. on December 20, 2017, members of the Linden Police Department responded to the 800 block of Cleveland Avenue on a report of a shooting and found Pearson outside of his home, suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest.

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Pearson was rushed to Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth, where he was pronounced dead, said Lenihan.

A prompt and thorough investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Unit, Union County Police Department Ballistics Unit, and Linden Police Department quickly resulted in Abernathy being identified as a suspect in the case, and he turned himself in to authorities the day after the shooting.

Authorities have asked anyone with information about this matter to contact Homicide Task Force Lt. Jose Vendas at 908-358-3048 or Detective Lamar Hartsfield at 908-451- 1873.

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