Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Atlantic City Teen Indicated on Eight Counts including the Murder of a Pleasantville Man

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City teen who was charged as a juvenile for the shooting death of a Pleasantville man in December of last year, and subsequently waived up to be tried as an adult in criminal court, was indicted for murder today, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On April 18, 2013, the Atlantic City Police Department apprehended Abubaka Brown, then 17 years old, for the murder on December 5, 2012 of 19-year-old Taron Williams.

Williams and 13-year-old Todd Mitchell, also of Pleasantville, were discovered by police outside of a residence located at 101⁄2 Woodland Avenue in Pleasantville. Both teens had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and were transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where they were pronounced dead a short time later.
A four month investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Pleasantville Police Department led to the arrest of Brown for the murder of Taron Williams during the commission of a home invasion robbery.
The investigation revealed that Abubaka Brown and Todd Mitchell had conspired to rob Taron Williams at gunpoint, that Brown shot and killed Williams during the robbery, and that Williams shot and killed Mitchell defending himself.
17-years-old at the time of the crime, Brown was initially charged as a juvenile, and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $350,000 bail, where he remains.
On June 28, 2013, Brown was waived up to be tried as an adult in Atlantic County Superior Court by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.
Today a grand jury returned eight (8) indictments against Brown: murder, two counts of felony murder, conspiracy, armed robbery, armed burglary, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and unlawful possession of a handgun. Conviction for a count of murder or felony murder carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years of incarceration before becoming eligible for parole.
Chief Assistant Prosecutor John Maher represented the State in the matter.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.


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