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Man charged with Jersey City homicide

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The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested and charged Jersey City resident Kenyowa Pinkney, 27, in connection with the shooting death of 23-year-old Javone Smith on April 6.

On April 6, just before 6:30 p.m., members of the Jersey City Police Department responded to shots fired in the area of Martin Luther King Drive and Myrtle Avenue in Jersey City.

Responding officers found the victim, a 23-year-old Jersey City male, later identified as Javone Smith, with multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body.

He was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased at approximately 6:49 p.m.

The cause of death was determined to be multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.

Pinkney was arrested just after 11 a.m. on April 14, after turning himself in to the Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit on Duncan Avenue.

Pinkney has been charged with Murder, Possession of a Weapon (firearm) for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (firearm), and Certain Persons Not to Possess a Weapon (firearm).

Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department for the investigation and arrest.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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