NEWARK, NJ - Stevenson Valentin, age 28, of Maplewood has been charged and arrested in connection with two murders, announced Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Orange Police Director Todd Warren on Saturday.
Valentin is charged with the murder of Marcus Milien, age 1, and his uncle, Morlens Milice, age 21, as well as the shooting of two others, all which occurred on November 3, on Cleveland Ave. in Orange.
According to a previous press release from Murray, "the victims were sitting on the front porch of a two-family home when a gunman walked up to the porch and opened fire on the group. The victims attempted to run inside the house. At that point, the shooter fled."
Milien's father, was the third victim of the shooting and required hospitalization. The fourth victim was a 15-year-old man, who sustained non life-threatening injuries, and was treated and released from the hospital.
Valentin was charged with two counts of Murder, Possession of a Weapon, Possession Unlawful Purpose and two counts of aggravated assault on the two other shooting victims on the same day.
Valentin was arrested in Newark during a traffic stop by Newark Police officers. During this stop, the officers determined he was wanted for the Orange murders.
Valentin’s bail has been set at $1,000,000 with no 10 percent by Essex County Superior Court Judge Richard T. Sules. Valentin is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.
Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives Quovella Spruill commended the members of the Homicide Task Force, Lt. Marquise Carter, Detective Manns, Detective Muhammad, Detective Mathis and Detective Greene for their hard work and efforts during this investigation.
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.