NEWARK, NJ - Brandon Williams, 22, of Montclair has been charged and arrested with the murder of 22-year-old James Goff of Irvington, police officials announced on Sunday.

Williams is a 2012 graduate of Montclair High School and former player on the MHS football team. 

Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose stated that the homicide that occurred Sunday at 2:30a.m., happened in the 200 block of Clifton Avenue in Newark.

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Shortly after the shooting, Williams was detained by Newark Police Department; and after further investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Task Force, Williams was charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon and Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose.

Williams’ bail has been set at $750,000, with no 10 percent by Essex County Superior Court Judge Marcella Wilson. His is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.

Prosecutor Murray stated, “Thanks to the quick response of the Newark Police Department and investigation by the Homicide Task Force, an arrest was made today.”

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide/Major Crimes Task Force tips line at 1-877-TIPS-4EC or 1-877-847-7432