ATLANTIC CITY – The man charged with the murder of an Atlantic City woman in Atlantic City two weeks ago, was arrested last week in North Carolina, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Diane Ruberton announced.
Joseph McCoy, 43, of 326 North Tennessee Avenue, Apartment 3, Atlantic City, charged two days after the murder and weapons possession charges, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina by officers of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 without incident, and remains in custody pending extradition proceedings.
Atlantic City Police responded on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 4:22 a.m., to 326 North Tennessee Avenue, Apartment 3, Atlantic City, NJ, for a report that a woman had been found dead inside the home.
Atlantic City EMS, AtlanticCare paramedics, and detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit also responded.
Upon arrival, police found Jacqueline Hoyle, 23-years-old, of the same address, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel.
An autopsy performed on Thursday, December 22, 2016, by the New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office determined the cause of death to be a single gunshot wound, and the manner of death: homicide.
An intensive 2-day investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department led to the issuance of a warrant complaint against Joseph McCoy on December 22, 2016, for the following charges.
- Murder, that he “did purposely or knowingly cause the death of Jacqueline Hoyle...by shooting her at close range”—a crime of the 1st degree;
- Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose—2nd degree, and
- Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon—a 2nd degree crime.
Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Patricia M. Wild set bail on the charges at $750,000 full cash / no bond.
A conviction for murder carries a potential sentence of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison for a period of 30 years to life. A 2nd degree conviction carries a potential sentence of 5-10 years in prison.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department continue the investigation of the crime, and the search for McCoy.
Anyone with information about this incident, or the location of the defendant, is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666. Witnesses may also contact the Atlantic City Police Department Investigations Division at (609)-347-5766.
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 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.
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