HOWELL TOWNSHIP, NJ (AP / WCBS 880 / CBS 2) – Hundreds are expected to attend a wake for a slain New Jersey police officer Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reports

Family, friends and fellow officers will gather at a Howell Township funeral home to honor Lakewood Patrolman Christopher Matlosz.

Dozens of law enforcement officers were on hand Tuesday when the man accused of gunning down the 27-year-old made his first court appearance.

Jahmell Crockam was represented by a public defender, who said the 19-year-old will plead not guilty at his formal arraignment, which has not yet been scheduled.

Crockam remains held on more than $5 million bail.

Authorities said Crockam shot Matlosz three times at close range on Friday as the officer sat in his patrol car after Matlosz stopped to question Crockam.

Authorities will not say whether Crockam is a member of a gang.

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