MAYS LANDING — A man was charged with murder yesterday, in connection with the 2009 shooting in Atlantic City of a 26-year-old man who died as a result of his injuries 4 years after being shot, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
Yesterday, Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged Germaine Boothe, 27, formerly of Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, with murder—a 1st degree crime, for causing the death on November 22, 2014 of Malik Green, also known as “Naya”, then 30 years old, of Atlantic City.
Early Sunday morning on November 22, 2009, at 7:19 a.m., Atlantic City Police officers responded to Hudson’s Bar and Grill, at 2 South New York Avenue in Atlantic City, for a 9-1-1 report of a shooting inside the bar. EMS and AtlantiCare paramedics responded to the scene, as did members of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Shooting Response Team.
Upon arrival, police found Malik Green on the floor, bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the neck. Emergency medical responders treated Green and transported him to the AtlantiCare Medical Center—City Campus, where he underwent emergency surgery in the Intensive Care Unit.
Witnesses at the scene reported that a man had opened the door to the bar, pointed a sawed-off shotgun, fired two shots into the bar, and fled on foot. Investigation determined that one of the two shots fired had hit the wall, and the other struck Green in the neck.
A search by police that morning led to the recovery, near the scene, of a 12 gauge sawed-off double-barreled shotgun, located between a dumpster and a wall.
The subsequent intensive investigation by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Atlantic City Police Department, resulted in the issuance of criminal charges against Germaine Boothe on December 10, 2009 for Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
On December 22, 2009 at 3:30 p.m., Atlantic City Police Department Vice Unit and Patrol officers found and arrested Boothe in a grocery store at the corner of Gordon’s Alley and Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, and transported him to the Atlantic City Police Department for arrest processing. Boothe was lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $ 500,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic City Municipal Court Judge Matthew H. Powals.
On March 17, 2010, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Boothe on 11 criminal counts:
- Attempted Murder—a crime of the 1st degree,
- Aggravated Assault by Recklessly Causing Serious Bodily Injury—a 2nd degree
- Aggravated Assault by Causing Injury with a Deadly Weapon—3rd degree,
- 2 counts of Aggravated Assault by Pointing a Firearm—4th degree,
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose—2nd degree,
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (possession without first obtaining a firarms
purchaser ID card)—3rd Degree,
- Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (sawed-off shotgun)—3rd degree,
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (loaded shotgun)—3rd degree,
- Transport of a Sawed-Off Shotgun—3rd degree, and
- Obstruction of the Administration of Law—4th degree.
On October 12, 2012, pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement, Boothe pled guilty to 2nd degree Aggravated Assault. The State alleged that, before the shooting, Boothe had been ejected from Hudson’s Bar and Grill for disorderly behavior, and that Boothe returned to the bar approximately 45 minutes later with the shotgun.
On November 16, 2012, Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Mark H. Sandson sentenced Boothe to 8 years of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison, $10,822.49 in restitution, and 3 years of parole supervision upon release. Pursuant to the No Early Release Act (NERA), Boothe was required to serve 85% of the sentence—6 years, 9 months, and 24 days—before becoming eligible for parole.
Malik Green was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of the shooting. He died in Philadelphia, PA, on January 22, 2014.
Additional investigation led to the murder charge, alleging that Boothe “did purposely or knowingly cause the death of Malik Green, specifically by shooting him in the neck on November 22, 2009, which resulted in Malik Green’s death on January 22, 2014.”
This morning, Detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office served the new complaint to Boothe at Bayside State Prison, Leesburg, NJ, where he is currently serving the sentence for the Aggravated Assault conviction.
Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury, Jr. set additional bail on the murder charge of $500,000, cash or bond.
A first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 1:30 p.m., in Courtroom 7, before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Blee.
Assistant Prosecutor Tracey O’Brien represents the State in the case.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (609) 909-7666.
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 http://www.acpo.org/tips.html 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 http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.