MAYS LANDING – A Pleasantville man was indicted yesterday for being an accomplice to murder and to conspiracy to commit murder, in connection with the shooting death of an Egg Harbor City man in Pleasantville on September 10, 2016, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Pleasantville Police responded on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 5:12 p.m. to the intersection of Linden Avenue and Merion Avenue, Pleasantville, for a 9-1-1 call reporting gunshots. EMS and AtlantiCare paramedics also responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, police found Rasheed O. Hines, 29, of Cincinnati Avenue, Egg Harbor City, the apparent victim of a shooting. Hines was transported by emergency medical responders to the AtlantiCare Medical Center—City Campus, where he was pronounced dead by Dr. Thompson at 5:47 p.m. Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives also responded to the scene and to the hospital.
An autopsy performed the next day, September 11, 2016, by New Jersey Southern Regional Medical Examiner Office Dr. Gerald Feigin determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death: homicide.
Investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit and Pleasantville Police led to the authorization on September 16, 2016, of a charge against Robert L. Terrell, 32, of the 200 block of Tremont Avenue, Pleasantville, NJ, of Hindering the Apprehension of Another “by driving a vehicle to a scene of a homicide with the shooter in his vehicle and then transport[ing] the shooter to another location”— a crime of the 3rd degree.
On October 26, 2016, Terrell was arrested without incident at the Shamrock Hotel, St. James Place, Atlantic City, NJ, by detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, Pleasantville Police Department, and the Atlantic City Police Vice Unit. Terrell was transported to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, where he was processed for the arrest, then lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility on $75,000 full cash bail set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard E. DeLury Jr.
Terrell has remained in custody since.
On Monday, November 7, 2016, detectives of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged Terrell with Murder (Accomplice Liability), for “purposely and knowingly act[ing] as an accomplice of a yet unidentified individual to commit the murder of Rasheed Hines” on September 10, 2016, and with Conspiracy to Commit Murder—both crimes of the 1st degree. Detectives served the Warrant Complaint to Terrell the same day at the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Terrell is now held on $500,000 full cash/no bond bail for the new charges, set by Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Waldman.
Yesterday, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, an Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted Terrell on six (6)criminal counts:
- Murder (Accomplice Liability)—a crime of the 1st degree,
- Conspiracy to Commit Murder—1st degree,
- Hindering the Apprehension of another person—4th degree,
- Possession of a Weapon (handgun) for an Unlawful Purpose—2nd degree,
- Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon—2nd degree, and
- Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a person previously convicted of an crime enumerated by the No Early Release Act (NERA): robbery—a 1st degree crime.
The potential penalty for a conviction of Accomplice Liability and Conspiracy to Commit Murder is incarceration in New Jersey State prison for 30 years to life. The potential penalty for a 1st degree conviction is 10-20 years if imprisonment. A 2nd degree conviction carries a potential penalty of incarceration for 5-10 years, and the potential penalty for a 4th degree conviction is up to 18 months of imprisonment.
Assistant Prosecutor Rick McKelvey represents the State in the matter.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Pleasantville Police Department continue the investigation, and ask that anyone with information about the incident contact the Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666, the Pleasantville Police Department at (609) 641-6100, the anonymous (confidential) Crime Stoppers tip line at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS), or text TIPCOP plus your tip to 274637.
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.