NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A northern New Jersey man charged with killing a teenager over an iPhone has pleaded not guilty to murder and other charges.
Andre Fields appeared Wednesday in state Superior Court in Newark.
The 31-year-old Irvington resident is charged with killing 17-year-old Cheyanne Bond, a former Malcolm X Shabazz High School cheerleader who had just graduated on June 29, WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported.
Investigators said the teen was walking along West Side Park on South 17th Street in Newark with her ex-boyfriend when they were both shot. Cheyanne was killed, but her ex-boyfriend survived.
“Ms. Bond was shot before she could give anything,” Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Erica Liu said.
“She just graduated. She was about to go to college,” friend Latayjsia Wilson said last month. “She was a real nice girl, that’s why I never thought it would be her.”
Fields has been charged with murder, felony murder, robbery, conspiracy and weapons offenses and is being held on $1 million bail. The second suspect is at large.
Also in court Wednesday were 18-year-old Eric Williams, 19-year-old Jeremy Villagran and 29-year-old Ali Brown.
Essex County prosecutors announced Monday that Brown, of Seattle, Villagran and Williams were charged in the death of Seton Hall Prep lacrosse player 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin, CBS 2’s Matt Kozar reported.
Tevlin was found dead in his SUV in West Orange, Putney reported.
Brown pulled the trigger, prosecutors said. Villagran and Williams acted as his accomplices, authorities said.
U.S. marshals were on the hunt for Brown, a registered sex offender and suspect in two Seattle homicides, and knew he was staying somewhere in New Jersey. He was arrested in the woods in West Orange, where he was living, authorities said.
All were taken back to jail on $1 million bail, except for Brown whose bail is set at $5 million, Putney reported.
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