Lakewood, NJ man indicted by a Grand Jury for shocking murder in town
A Lakewood man who shot a round of bullets into another mans's chest has been indicted for Murder.
On Wednesday, Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced that 25-year old Jahvontae Debose of Lakewood was indicted by a Grand Jury sitting in Ocean County for Murder as well as on charges of Possession of a Firearm for an Unlawful Purpose, Being a Certain Person not to Possess a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm in the Course of Committing a Drug Offense, Possession of a Defaced Firearm, Possession of Hollow Nose Ammunition, Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute and Possession of Tetrahydrocannabinol with Intent to Distribute.
The shooting that claimed the life of 20-year old Dajour Randolph of Little Egg Harbor took place on February 21, 2021 on Tudor Court in Lakewood.
When police responded to the 911 call that night, around 7:40 pm, they saw Randolph who had collapsed in the road after sustaining multiple gun shot wounds to the chest.
Randolph was ultimately taken to nearby Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus but later passed away from his injuries.
The next day, the Ocean County Medical Examiner performed a post-mortem examination and determined the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
The day after that, Debose was charged, at that point, on the weapons and narcotics offenses.
He was arrested without incident by Detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force in Pleasantville following a motor vehicle stop.
Debose was brought to the Ocean County Jail, where he has been ever since that date.
As the investigation into the shooting continued, being run by the OCPO Major Crimes Unit, Lakewood Police, Lakewood Police Detectives and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office CSI Unit, evidence and information gathered led to identifying Debose as the shooter.
Dubose was served in jail on February 25, 2021 with a complaint charging him with Randolph's murder.
Prosecutor Billhimer said that Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Pressman and Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Veni are handling the case on behalf of the State.