Deliberations begin in Lakewood cop-killing trial

Closing arguments have been delivered and deliberations have begun in the trial of the 20-year-old man accused of murdering a Lakewood police officer a year

TOMS RIVER - Closing arguments have been delivered and deliberations have begun in the trial of the 20-year-old man accused of murdering a Lakewood police officer a year ago. After the prosecution rested its case yesterday against Jahmell Crockam, his lawyer told the judge Crockam would not testify. Defense lawyer Mark Fury declined to call any witnesses.

Prosecutors say Crockam shot Patrolman Christopher Matlosz three times while Matlosz was behind the wheel of his police cruiser last January. Prosecutors say Crockam knew he had outstanding arrest warrants and killed the officer to avoid going to prison.

Crockam's lawyer maintains there's no reliable evidence linking his client to the killing.

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