Jury finds Crockam guilty in shooting death of Lakewood officer

A jury has found Jahmell Crockam guilty on all charges in the shooting death of Lakewood patrolman Christopher Matlosz.The Superior Court jury in Toms River

TOMS RIVER - A jury has found Jahmell Crockam guilty on all charges in the shooting death of Lakewood patrolman Christopher Matlosz.

The Superior Court jury in Toms River found Crockam guilty of murder and weapons offenses in the 2011 shooting.

Kelly Walsifer, Matlosz's fiancee, wept as the jury read the verdict. Walsifer clutched a rosary during the trial and thanked God for the verdict. Crockham did not show emotion during the reading of the verdict and was taken away in handcuffs.

Crockam, who is also awaiting trial for an unrelated murder charge, could be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. He faces sentencing on March 22.

Prosecutors say Crockam knew he had outstanding arrest warrants and killed the officer to avoid going to prison. Crockam's lawyer has maintained there's no reliable evidence linking his client to the killing and that police arrested the wrong man.

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