ELIZABETH, NJ – One of several murders in Rahway last year, 21-year-old Nigel Morton was shot once in the chest when he answered the front door of his Westfield Avenue home just one block from the Clark border last June. He died the next morning.
Now three young men have been indicted in his murder, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Wednesday.
Quincy Oliver, 22, of Rahway, Tyrell Dekle, 22, of Woodbridge, and James C. Sears, 23, of East Orange are charged with first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, and two second-degree weapons offenses in connection to Morton’s death. Sears is a confirmed member of the Piru set of the Bloods street gang.
Convictions on first-degree murder charges commonly result in penalties of 30 years to life in state prison.
A joint investigation involving the Union County Homicide Task Force, Rahway Police Department, and Union County Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit resulted in Oliver, Dekle, and Sears being identified as suspects in the case; Oliver was arrested and charged in July 2015, while Dekle and Sears were charged in October 2015.