Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Atlantic City Man Charged with Murder and Felony Possession of a Weapon

MAYS LANDING – An Atlantic City man has been charged with murder of a man who was found fatally shot in Atlantic City in January of this year, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
Omar Curry, 24, of the 100 Block of Rhode Island Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ was arrested yesterday in the 800 block of North Virginia Avenue as a result of an investigation conducted by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit in conjunction with the Atlantic City Police Department.

On Friday, Jan. 17, at approximately 8:30 p.m., Atlantic City Police were alerted of shots fired by the City’s Shot Spotter gunfire detection software. Police responded to the scene near the intersection of Texas and Arctic Avenues and discovered a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was later identified as 32-year-old Nelson Viera.
Viera was transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, where he was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.
An autopsy completed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Viera’s death a homicide.
Curry is charged with homicide, a crime of the 1st. degree, knowingly possessing a firearm with the purpose to use it unlawfully against the person of another, a crime of the 2nd. Degree, knowingly possessing a handgun without first having obtained a permit, a crime of the 2nd degree and felony possession of weapon, a crime of the 2nd degree.
Curry was transferred to the Atlantic County Justice Facility in lieu of $1,000,000 full cash bail set by Superior Court Judge James P. Savio.
Curry made his first appearance in court today before Superior Court Judge Donio and was remanded back to Atlantic County Justice Facility.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases, a charged defendant is presumed innocent unless and until 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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