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Suspect Indicted for Murder in 2017 Shooting of Somerville Man

Murder suspect Michael Washington, 27, of Paterson Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Prosecutor's Office

SOMERVILLE, NJ -  A Somerset County Grand Jury has indicted Michael Washington, 27, of Paterson in the 2017 shooting death of 27-year-old  Somerville resident William Roberts on the streets of Bound Brook Oct. 16.

Washington is charged with first degree murder, second degree possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, second degree unlawful possession of a handgun and third degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Robertson provided the following account of the shooting and other details:

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Bound Brook police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls of shots fired in the area of 34 Church St. at 6:23 p.m. Oct. 16; police found Roberts, of Center Street, Somerville, suffering from a gunshot wound to his stomach. The police, along with emergency medical personnel began life saving measures on Roberts, who was then transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick where he was pronounced dead.

Three shell casings and two live rounds were found on Church Street; a subsequent investigation by Somerset County Prosecutor's Office detectives determined Washington pulled out a handgun, and fired multiple times at Roberts with one shot striking the victim causing his death.

Washington was taken into custody two weeks after the shooting from the basement at a residence on Cherry Street in Bound Brook where he had been hiding.  A search warrant for the basement uncovered, among other things, several glassine envelopes of heroin.

Washington has remained in detention in the Somerset County Jail since his arrest.

The matter was presented to the Somerset County Grand Jury by Somerset County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Hawkes.


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